Thursday, June 26, 2008

Everything Matters

Many of you know that I read The Shack a few months ago and it had a profound affect on my life and my way of thinking. I'm still trying to figure that all out. I was blessed enough to be part of a study that my mom's church did on this book. We had the opportunity to talk about forgiveness, anger, how to be helpful when others are going through extreme pain plus many more topics.

Tonight was the last night of the study and we went over a certain quote. I think, as mothers' this quote is insightful and helpful. I meant to share it when I was reading it before but there were so many things I wanted to share that I let it slip.

At the end of the book the main character is asking the Holy Spirit if his life matters. He basically states that all he does is work and take care of his family, nothing else. Hmmm, that sounds familiar in my world.

This is the Holy Spirit's answer:

"If anything matters then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing will ever be the same again."

How profound is that? Everything we do matters. Our routines seem so ordinary, so boring, so very unimportant. Think about it though. Think how miserable your child would be if you didn't change their diaper. To that baby, something that you may be so tired of doing, it means the world.

I want to be more conscious of that as I go through my day to day life. I think I tend to be on auto pilot most of the time instead of being purposeful in my actions. God thinks we are important, glorious even. I think that alone is reason to love those I come in contact with.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you.

    I've had "one of those day". Yup. One of those: squabbling kids; cleaning up the pee of my in-toilet-training son (AGAIN!), piles of dishes; waking at 6:15 in the morning to "I'm all done going poop, Mommy" echoing through the house (now it's time to train him to wield toilet paper effectively!); more laundry; split ends. You know, the usual.

    I needed to hear that it mattered. Maybe tomorrow I can remember it when I need to.