Laundry. Dishes. Vacuuming. I hate it. Just being real. There is no morning I wake up and say, “YEA! I get to do chores today!”
I once read, “It is in the mundane that we find joy.” Mundane. How is that even possible?? Yet, I am reminded of John 3:30, “He must become greater and I must become less.” In a world of busy, how do I find that joy? How do I become less? It must start with peace.
Peace. A state of tranquility, according to Merriam-Webster. A state of tranquility in ALL states, not just the GOOD.
Making peace with the enjoyable in life is easy, and great. It is a lack of control, that skews my view of joy during the mundane. It is the type of thinking, in which I am introduced to the phrase, humble thanks. Ann Voskamp describes it as, “The humble live surprised.”
One of the phrases that changed my life: Expectations are premeditated resentments.
I expected life to be full of joy…all the time. So, the laundry, dishes, and vacuuming took the life and joy out of me. Events not going my way, sucked all the life out of me. But that is because I expected it to be hard, unrewarding, tedious, and tiresome. I looked at it in the wrong light. Enter humble thanks. A need to change my thinking and expectation, followed by a peace.
If I live expectant, I miss the humble surprise. And that is what I find brings complete joy in this season of life. So, I try to remember to do everything with humble thanks, which brings me peace. The peace we are promised, surpasses all understanding.
Humble Thanks. Expectant of peace. Loving the mundane.
Surprises will abound with a humble, peaceful heart.