I have found myself stuck because our lives have been consumed by this journey of cancer. It has caused me to reflect on all of the people in our lives that have died from cancer. The list was longer than I wanted to realize. There have been 4 people in our lives that have died from cancer. It seems like a familiar old friend on some level that has come to visit us this year, but we are not stuck there.
There is living life stuck in the battle of cancer, but life goes on. Our lives continue despite this medical journey. Our kids are here and living life actively and that is what we are doing too. This has brought me to a spot that I realize that this blog can’t be just about cancer because cancer doesn’t define us as people. It’s just part of the journey of life.
Today is our new normal. The kids are all up before us, getting breakfast and watching a little TV. I wake up to the sound of cabinet doors opening and closing, the clinging of dishware on hard-surface countertops and patter of feet shuffling across the floor. Yup, it’s time to wake up, the kids are up.
That is the moment when I lay there and contemplate whether I can get a few more minutes of sleep or should I just get up. Of course, sleep sounds to much better, but I know that my day is starting and up I go. Once I sit up, the key turns and ignition roars to life as the hundreds of thoughts roar into my brain. These are the many things that need to be done today.
WELCOME TO THE MUNDANE!
It really seems like it is so much easier to honor and worship God is the emergencies of life. These are the moments that scream in our face that we are frail, weak and we collapse in front of God crying out for help. Those moments seem easy to realize that I can’t do it alone. God is right there beside me or carrying me (us) through it all. But what about the mundane?
Where is God is the everyday life? Where is God in the washing of dishes, preparing meals, writing emails, meeting with customers, driving down the road, teaching our kids, giving hugs, talking through conversations with our loved ones? The simple answer is GOD IS EVERYWHERE!
God of the bible is in the daily living of life. God is sovereign over all of it. Therefore he directs all of it and is in all of it. God makes the plans in our lives.
- “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue [this is what really happens] is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:1).
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord [this is what really happens] establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21). That’s what’s happening on the ship. That’s not just the end of the ship cruise.
“A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?” (Proverbs 20:24).
“The king’s heart is a stream of water [this would be one of the crew members on the ship] in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).
All of these texts in the bible refer to ordinary, mundane, every-day living life decision making.
LIVING IN THE MUNDANE MOMENTS
I recently shared with a long-time customer of mine who I also consider a friend Psalm 131. I know that I have referenced this one before, but it still is applicable. When you are in the mundane moments of life, how do you acknowledge God? Like the roar of the engine in the morning of all the things that I have to do today, I can calm with just the thought of Psalm 131. God is reminding me with His words, don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, just honor him today, right now!
This is why reading, meditating and memorizing scripture is so vital to life. In the mundane of life’s tasks, caring for children and my wife and helping customers, scripture grounds me. Scripture like Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 131, Psalm 1, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Corinthians 13. These are God’s Words that show me how to live life in the many moments that we face.
So often life is over complicated. I try to live life as simple as possible. There is the phrase “Keep it simple, Stupid!” No, it’s not from the bible, but there is a truth in that simple phrase. Keep it simple in the fact that every moment is a walk with God whether you believe in God or not, he believes in you and wants you to walk with him, talk with him and learn from him.
It is so very easy to get caught up in daily routines, schedules and allow worry, anxiety and fear to drive the car. A simple practical way to fight against that is remembering and telling ourselves scripture. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
What I also shared with this customers was:
- How do you start your day?
- Do you give thanks for all that you have or just start the todo list?
- Do you live thinking constantly about the yesterday or tomorrow?
Here is what I try to do each day. I don’t do it perfectly, but I try.
- Wake up, give thanks for all that I have (health, family, friends, things, etc..) For all things are from Him, through Him Romans 11:36. Give God the glory for all that you have!
- Pray: for your family, friends, all that you have and ask God for help for today!
- Praise God for who he is and all that he has done in your life, throughout the world.
- Pray for your enemies: people you may not like or are having a hard time with. (This changed my thoughts and life about certain people in my life).
Again, I don’t always do this or do it perfectly, but this is a good way to start the mundane day. Then throughout the whole day God is in my thoughts because this is how the day started.
My hope is that this rambling of mine brings you hope, encouragement and closer to God of the bible. Thank you for the opportunity to share this journey.
I am a husband, father, business owner and follower of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. My hope is that you find these articles helpful in your walk through life.