Same old-Same Old?
When I was a child I kept hamsters and then my own children had them too. One of the things that fascinated me about these cute little balls of fur is how they seem content to get into their exercise wheel and run for what seems like half the day, without ever getting anywhere!
Sometimes our daily routine can start to feel is a bit like a hamster’s wheel. We can begin to feel, when we can’t see a larger purpose to our lives, that life is just same-old-same-old. It’s hard to see, when you’re feeling that way, that God could have any purpose for your life. But He does!
“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.”
(1 Corinthians 9:26 ESV)
Paul sought to be effective in making the gospel of Jesus Christ known everywhere he went, his life was all about bringing glory to Jesus; Paul knew he wasn’t running aimlessly. He knew he could serve The Lord in every situation by making Him known in the midst of the daily routine, even in prison (if you could call that routine!)
When we view our daily lives as ‘just routine’ then yes, it will become that hamster’s wheel to us, aimless, discouraging and exhausting the life out of us.
But when we wake up in the morning and say, ‘here I am Lord. In my daily routine today, I want to join you in whatever you’re doing’ it changes our whole perspective. Paul tells us in Colossians 4:5,6 and also in Ephesians 5:16 to ‘make the most of every opportunity” – well, I can’t do that if I’m running with my head down, in my own little ‘hamsters wheel’.
Colossians 4:5-6 “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”
Ephesians 5:16-17 “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
God can use you in your place of work. He can use you in the supermarket queue. He can use you as you help that elderly lady to carry her shopping to her car. He can use you through a kind smile you give to that policeman or traffic warden who seldom gets smiled at or to encourage your child’s teacher who looks as though she’s had a bad day.
Let’s make the most of every opportunity to show Jesus to people today.