I think one of the most challenging things for me is to keep God in my everyday tasks. I find it easy to pray with all my heart when things are tough and when I know I need Him. In contrast, I can get carried away with sticking to my routine and I come to find I don’t need Him. I definitely do need Him! I forget about His purpose and will, which is to spread His word.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:8-9 RSV
Recently I’ve been praying about the little things in my life. I pray for safe drives and calmed allergies, all-day energy and blue skies. As I just started working at a childcare center, I basically play with four-year-olds all day. I’ve started praying for the Lord to overflow me His with patience, love, compassion, forgiveness, and discipline. I pray that I fully absorb these attributes in order for me to pour them into these children. I have noticed a difference in my attitude towards this job and these children in my first day compared to my third day, when I started praying. I am slow to anger, I have energy after working for seven hours and sitting through an hour of traffic, I have developed a heart of flesh for these sweet, innocent souls.
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.”
Corinthians 13:4 RSV
Praying when the going gets rough isn’t challenging for me because it’s the first thing I think to do. God is my first (and should be my only, still working on that) answer. Every morning, I think more about what time I will have my break or if I can get ready quick enough if I choose to sleep in. Those simple tasks do need God.
I need to start thinking about God and His purpose for my actions. I choose to wake up at 5:45 so I can workout. I know God wants me to take care of my body so this life can be fulfilled in His way. I need to think about God when I speak. Not only to my friends and coworkers, but also to the 30 four-year-olds who have a hard time understanding rules and morals. I will starting thinking of God and His word during these minuscule yet impactful tasks.
“A gentle tongue is the tree of life…” Proverbs 15:4a RSV