Every task can be sacred.
That’s what I’m trying to learn.
Because it’s so easy to divide my life up into separate categories.
These are the spiritual things: Going to church, reading the Bible, prayer, small group, volunteering at a local nonprofit.
Those are SACRED. Those are SPIRITUAL. Those MATTER and is what my life should be all about.
But … where does that leave everything else?
Is it not sacred to fold laundry?
What about going to work every day?
Or exercising? Or reading a good book? Or calling a friend? Or listening to the oldies station on the radio?
Is God somehow less present and less sacred in those moments?
Ii’ve been reading “The Practice of the Presence of God” recently, and I’ve been struck anew by the fact that there really isn’t any separation between what we so often deem as “sacred” versus “non-sacred” tasks.
Every day, with each small choice, I can delight in the Lord. Each seemingly meaningless task or chore can become sacred simply by reminding myself that He is present in whatever task is at hand.
I can fold laundry remembering that God is with me and present in this task.
I can go to work and work with all of my heart, understanding that God is there, too, and can use what I do to refine my heart and to bless others.
I can even listen to Tom Petty on the radio with joy and delight in how God has bestowed musical talents, sometimes even to people who may not know him.
God is present. And all can be done to glorify Him and delight in Him forever.
What a relief! I don’t have to do “spiritual” things in order to worship God all day, every day.
I just have to show up. With my whole heart submitted to Him, whatever task He places in front of me.