I went my local library and checked out the Christian classic, The Practice of the Presence of God. Written by Brother Lawrence, a monk in the 17th century, he powerfully reveals the simplicity of his life and the joy that is possible in the ordinary.
Assigned to the kitchen in his monastery, he developed a phenomenal walk with God. He humbly fulfilled the drudgery of his responsibilities, and often worked on the sandals for the others in the monastery. Brother Lawrence lived for God in everything, and in everything, he saw God. He said that it isn't " 'needful that we should have great things to do. . . We can do little things for God.' " And so he spent his life, a meek, broken man, pursuing one thing, a life that pleased his creator.
Most of us do have the opportunity to devote our time so fully to God as Brother Lawrence. We're wives, mothers, grandmothers; we have careers, homes to care for. Dirty diapers need changing, shopping and laundry must be done, along with gardening, cooking, a host of other chores. But if we will choose to find God in our simple, daily tasks, we will have great joy and find deep peace.
Though a quiet, unpretentious man, Brother Lawrence was a mighty example to those around him. Many looked to him for prayer and counsel. And as many are looking to us today, let's be an example of faith and carry a torch for our Lord that nothing can extinguish. Let's be inspired to live lives that find Him in every corner of our world and discover the awesome power we can have in everyday life.
"Give God the praise for any well spent day."
- Susanna Wesley