If lay people cannot find any spiritual meaning in their work, they are condemned to living a certain dual life; not connecting what they do on Sunday morning with what they do the rest of the week. They need to discover that the very actions of daily life are spiritual, and enable… people to touch God in the world, not away from it. Such a spirituality will say… ‘Your work is your prayer.'”… Your daily work is ultimately an act of worship to the God who called and equipped you to do it– no matter what kind of work it is.
~Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor
This pretty much sums up Urban Hallelujah, and how I want to live my life.
My husband left today for Atlantic City after being away all last week, which comes on the heels of multiple events the weeks prior. He is tired and his spirit is exhausted. Yet somehow, through the hustle-hustle this part of the country demands, there has to be a way to connect it all back to the One who gave it to us in the first place.
So I picked up Tim Keller’s book (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City) and am reading through. It’s tough, his style is just like the business world– practical, factual, non-emotional or flowery… Almost scientific even. But then he quotes one of my favorite movies, Chariots of Fire and I’m engaged: “You can praise the Lord by peeling a spud, if you peel it to perfection.”
This week, may I peel my “potatoes” with “perfection”, knowing that true perfection is made only in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). May his glory be revealed both in the beauty of a gentle sunset and the sorrow of receiving bad news. May I remember His abundant provision and care, rest as a true daughter of the King, and hurry through nothing. May I be proud of my calling today, without worrying for what it may be tomorrow and peel every so-called ‘potato’ with delight. May my daily work be an “act of worship to the one who called and equipped me to do it.”
May I remember to whom I belong.
And whatever you do, in word or deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.