by Debora M. Coty
“Where there is no wood, the fire goes out …” Proverbs 26:20, NKJV
I recently read about a woman in India who was bored with her life. After fifty-five years of marriage, she was tired of the same ole same old, so she began hormone revitalization, had invitro fertilization and gave birth to a baby girl at the age of seventy.
You can bet trading in prune juice smoothies for apple juice sippy cups jacked her excitement level up a notch or two.
Our daily grind can sure seem dull. You get up in the morning, throw back a cup of caffeine, and launch into the same routine day after boring day: work, cook, clean up, repeat. Seriously, isn’t life made up of 90 percent routine? All of it so easy to overlook as Papa God’s intentional blessing.
Yes, I said blessing. As in no catastrophe is currently occurring, your health allows you to get up at all, and Papa God has generously allowed you to live to see another sunrise. These are blessings we often take for granted.
Gratitude for the mundane keeps our Creator-creation perspective intact. It’s the acute awareness that the Source of our everyday blessings – such as a warm breeze, lungs to draw it in, senses to feel its pleasure – is here with us every second, enjoying our enjoyment.
When we look at it this way, the mundane becomes downright thrilling! We see annoyingly noisy kids as happy, carefree children; work duties become a privilege many are without; household chores wouldn’t take so long if we lived in a grass hut swarmed by flies.
Sure, routine can be boring at times, but we really don’t want to resort to extreme measures like the Vermont mother who thought hanging onto the cargo rack of her car with her five-year-old son while traveling fifty miles per hour would add a little zip to her day. Now she’s zippy in jail.
There are ways to morph the mundane into everyday adventures that don’t require bail:
- Look for the laugh: Peel away a few layers to see humor in everyday situations.
- Plan getaway-cations: Save your pennies for a special trip to a special place. But in the meantime, plan monthly, restorative, low-cost mini-vacays for long weekends. Anticipation is half the fun.
- Get your bad self down: Add more music to your life’s soundtrack. Whether you’re listening to it or making it, music lightens, brightens, and heightens your spirit.
- Get dirty: Yahweh created dirt. He likes the stuff. He designed plants to live there and human skin so that it washes right off after we work the soil. So create a sweet-scented garden, even if it’s only a few pots circling a concrete light pole. It will calm you, beautify your living space, and connect you with the Master Gardener.
Sister, we can’t let thankfulness be a casualty of boredom. Let’s choose to feel blessed, rather than entitled, in our marvelous everyday mundane. Maybe an injection of gratitude is just what the Great Physician ordered.
“This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24, NLT
(Excerpt was taken from Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms by Debora M. Coty with permission from Barbour Publishing.)
About the author: Debora M. Coty lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her longsuffering husband Chuck. Debora is a popular speaker and award-winning author of over 40 inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series. Her newest release, Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms, hits booksellers September 1. Join Deb’s fun-loving community of BFFs (Blessed Friends Forever) at www.DeboraCoty.com.
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