The purpose of an ordinary life

 

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end…

Ecclesiastes 3:11

I remember walking with you that night in the cold, brisk air. Your words brought such encouragement to my tired heart.

You said we must see how each of our stories fit into His much bigger, grander story of redemption for the world.

You said everything He ordains is done so that people might fear Him.

What you sharedΒ resonated with me, and I was comforted by these truths.

Because it means my small, average life has a purpose. One that is so much larger than me; one that will go on forever and ever and ever.

And it means that even in times of quandary, I can rest assured that He will work in the midst of what I do not know. He will show me Himself, that I may worship Him in reverent awe.

You work long, and at many times,Β wearisome hours. And you wonder how it matters. You question the importance of your role.

You aren’t doing the work that God seemed to fit you for; yet your good and sovereign Master has placed you here.

You live the family life. One of mundane normalcy, of repetitive schedules and ordinary tasks. And you wonder if you’re wasting your time.

Allow me to remind you:

Your story is one of redemption and hope, one that will continue long after you are gone.

This life – your life – is all in His hands, and He’s showing you who He is even as you question His plans for you.

Your job is so much more than providing a warm house and food on the table for your family, although it is not less than that.

By working hard, you teach other men what it means to lay down their lives to meet the needs of their family. You point them to the Savior who gave up Himself to meet our deepest needs of redemption and restoration.

In the way that you love your wife, you display Christ’s love for His bride, the Church. You instruct others in what that kind of love looks like.

By investing in your family, you show them that they are worth your time and energy. In parenting children, you prepare the next generation for life beyond yours.

And in this life you live, all that is being worked out for you is done by the will of the One who gave Himself for you. The One who will give you nothing less than His best, to show you what it means to fear Him.

One day, we will walk together again. But instead of looking ahead to wonder what our future holds, we will look back and reflect on His faithfulness to us in the midst of life’s ups and downs. We will see how our story fit perfectly into His, and we will marvel at His goodness. On that day, we will “look and see our God and celebrate the power of the cross and the empty grave”*. We will sing songs of praise that lift these lyrics high: “And now we’re free, let the redeemed lift up your heads! Oh look, and see our God!”*

Someday, we will see Him, and then we will finally and fully know what it means to fear Him.

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

Ecclesiastes 3:14

*Lyrics from The Village Church -“Look and See”

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