The Small Stuff


“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. — Matthew 6:1-4


Mundane. Boring. Unspectacular. Unnoticed. We want to do big things for God; the mundane is, well, mundane. But God says, "Right now, I've got tasks for you. Clean the church's toilets every week until I tell you to stop, and don't tell anyone what you're doing. See that single mom over there? Take her a home-cooked meal at least once a month, and don't tell others you're doing it. Mentor the worst hellion in the youth group. Then we'll talk about the next step."

Why does God make us prove ourselves in the small, unseen, mundane things before trusting us with more responsibility? Because integrity and character are born in the mundane places where no one sees but God. Lysa TerKeurst put it well when she said, "What we call mundane is, in some very important ways, significant in God's school of preparation."

God cares more about who you are than about what you do. The mundane tasks you do today are significant—both in how they serve others and in how God is preparing you.


Thank You for trusting me with these mundane tasks, Lord. Help me to do them well. Amen.