I’m Tired of the Drudgery
Have you ever wondered how much of your life is consumed by repetitive chores of cleaning and maintenance? How many times your knives, spoons, and forks have cycled from the drawer to the table to your mouth to the sink and back to the drawer? How many times you have picked up other people’s clothes, vacuumed endless lint, cleaned the bathroom, attacked the dust layers, and pulled weeds?
What we call drudgery God calls humble and helpful service to others. Patient and steady toil, honoring God right where he put you, in some ways is just as worshipful as singing hymns in church. If you can do it without complaining, all the better.
How do you suppose Joseph felt about the grimy and gritty slave life in a dungeon? “But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there” (Genesis 39:20-22).
Joseph’s humble prison labor resulted ultimately in being elevated to assistant pharaoh. When you are scrubbing pots and pans, dedicate them to God and thank him for the dignity of work.
We all have doubts and uncertainties about many things, and with those comes a tension between trusting God and also taking personal responsibility. It’s from wanting a childlike faith but needing to be a grown-up Christian.
We can trust God and take responsibility for our choices and actions at the same time. In this book, the author encourages you to think deeply about what it means to trust God and at the same time use the gifts and blessings that he has given you to act according to his will.
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