When we think about things that are mundane, boring, or “normal”, we often treat them as if they are such because they do not matter. We perceive life on the plains to be life stuck in neutral, neither good or bad.

The Bible does not really leave room for this. It says if we are lukewarm, we will be spit out.

The plains is not a place where meaning is missing. It is teeming with life. Our apathy is not indicative of reality. It is revealing of our perspective.

The truth is that every moment of every day is valuable. Our labor is not in vain. We tend to focus on the big projects, the dramatic moments, the memorable turning points. We try to build ourselves up for these “significant” events. But the truth is every moment is significant. 

As we labor to love someone who is rude to us, to see the needs of others even when we are in a bad mood, or to do our daily household chores, these labors matter to God. They matter immensely. He cares about how we do the dishes (in terms of our attitude, perspective, and character) as much as He cares about when we get a promotion or write a book.

Every moment is a moment of labor. A moment of weighing the choices and discerning reality. Every moment is a chance to be consistent – to worship God through all things. To stand firm. The jolting shoves from Satan might move us, but the apathy of the everyday getting us off-balance can move us just the same. Don’t let it happen to you today. Don’t let the moments pass you by. Give yourself fully to God’s work. He promises the labor of everyday carries with it an eternal reward.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:58