mundanely divine.

Life has been crazy. It’s literally the kind of crazy where you find yourself always running to the next thing: Constantly doing something. Meeting someone. Completing this homework. Reading that assignment. Attending that meeting. Basically scrambling around trying to catch up to the present moment.  {but in all of that madness…is it weird that I kinda sorta love that manic chaos?} In any case, it left little time for blogging.  Even with a looming 20 page final paper, I am making time today to catch everyone up on three weeks of my life. {and with that come lessons learned and epiphanies had}

Naturally, I’ll pick up where I left off. {that would be the “start” of my job}

The first couple of days went fairly smoothly: Holiday party planning. Seeing all the friendly faces again. Falling into the same responsibilities and routine.  It was a piece of cake.

Until the following Monday  {when Satan decided to show up in my office}.

Although I can’t reveal every detail of how that Monday went terribly wrong, I can say this: there are some people that feel entitled to everything in life.  Those same people are usually the ones that will coast on by…living in comfortable mediocrity…and when that mediocrity is uncomfortably tampered with…things don’t go over so well.  {that’s all I’m saying…but I think you can get the gist of what I was dealing with. Have you ever experienced these kinds of people?}

Now when the “tantrums” began I lost my cool.  The very last thing I wanted was to let the petty things of office life get to me;  I wanted to be the image of love, patience and most of all grace in this job.  But for that momentary morning, that image was slightly put to the side. {have you ever felt like this?? where you have this image of what you want and know you should be…and then the moment comes when you need to be that the most and to put it simply, you blow it??} I’m not saying that I killed anyone that morning, I just lost my patience and had a few moments of extreme aggravation and irritation.

I knew that in that morning I didn’t react the Godly, loving way.  I knew that I let people’s poor attitude’s affect mine.  But I didn’t want that to be the case going forward.

I started thinking about why I am at work.  Why I am at school.  Why I am pursuing ministry.  Why I am living today surrounded by the people that I am.  Why I have the past that I have.  Why I am in this situation right now.  In all of those “whys” I remembered one repeating reason from Ephesians…”to the praise of his glory.”

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” {ephesians 1:3}

“…to the praise of his glorious grace…” {ephesians 1:6}

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” {ephesians 1:11-12}

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” {ephesians 1:14}

This is why I am doing everything I am doing.  That’s why my seemingly mundane day-to-day work experiences are actually divinely predestined moments that together work toward a greater plan purposely crafted to glorify the one who created this entire world.  

When I started to think about the larger {much larger…and much more holy and divine} picture of life, it puts the petty problems into their proper place {which is absolutely worthless and insignificant}.  When I look at these bold, precise, powerful statements, it reminds me of my place in God’s glorious kingdom.  I am chosen {you are chosen} by God to bring glory to his name through all circumstances, through all attitudes, through all disappointments, through all successes, through all of life. Through absolutely everything, it is all for the praise of his glory.   

To be honest, I’ve been writing this post for three days.  Well, actually I’ve been going back and forth about actually publishing it for three days.  This post isn’t any new epiphany, it isn’t a new catchy phrase, in fact, this a basic concept from scripture that is older than I am {way older}!  This idea is the most fundamental, basic idea that Christians hold to.  

So then if it is so basic and so fundamental…why is it so easy for me to forget?  Why is it so easy in the times of struggle, obstacles and poor attitudes to bypass the fundamental and central purpose of our being?? {simply because we are human} Even though we have the image of God poured into every ounce of our being, we will still have moments in our life when we will not act like it {in fact, speaking for myself, there are times when I act in the complete opposite way}.

Obviously, I decided to publish this post.  And well, it came down to this: if I have been a Christian for 24 years and I am still experiencing these memory lapses, it could be safe to assume that others {who have been Christians for more or less time} would be experiencing the exact same ones.  

Today isn’t about a monumental epiphany where all the seams in life come together and suddenly light shines into your deepest ache.  But today, you can remember the basic truth that everything will work for the praise of his glory and everything we do should be for the praise of his glory.  That is what life is about; it is bigger than any type of drama, hardship or daily routine because it all should point back to the one who created it all. 

Even the most unimportant, seemingly useless and unimportant parts of our life are predestined, divine moments that God intends to use for the praise of his glory.  What it all comes down to is whether or not you chose to live out that truth. 

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