The way up is down.
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (NIV)
The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.
The least shall be greatest.
The first shall be last, the last shall be first.
What mystery! I’m feeling pretty good reciting these truths in my head as long as the toilet brush is in my hand.I mull them over while completing my “low” task. After reading Ann Voskamp’s book, I paid attention to a lot of mundane things and began to give thanks for them. But, there is always the toilet cleaning. These low tasks are supposed to be good for the soul. I heard someone (can’t remember who) quote a monk (don’t know who) saying that if monks felt low or depressed in a monastery, they would be assigned mundane work. Quotes aside, I can vouch for this truth. Work is good. Hard work is even better for your soul. So, if you’re feeling low today, go lower.
A lot of times we just don’t see the good in yuck jobs. I avoid cleaning the light fixtures in my house as long as possible (I can hear all the good housekeeping advice bloggers groaning). Yet, there is mystery in how God is moving and working in us. Perhaps offering my fixture cleaning (or toilet) to God as proper work is what begins the weaving of awakeness into my dark sleep.
On a day we are feeling good about ourselves, we might feel “wasted” or somehow misplaced on a task before us. Only God can decide that, and it seems to me God is ready to love and work and weave in us no matter what or where or how. What a mystery! We all have our toilets to clean. What is yours? Perhaps we must begin moving into the unwanted tasks in order to really see.
Seeing these things today:
362. The challenge of this quote:
The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot. The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor. The acts of charity you do not perform are the injustices you commit.”- St. Basil the Great
363. This sermon.
364. Running from mean geese with Claire at the park
365. Picnic lunch with friends
366. Girl Scout cookies
367. Date night
368. Low tasks, hard work, mulling things over
369. Trying out praying on our knees as a family…go low
371. what replacing criticism with gratitude does in my heart
372. Laughter in every room