A Good Quote, #2: On Living in the Mundane

I read the following last night in Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp.  It was an encouragement and challenge to me, and knowing that living in the mundane is not unique unto me, I thought you might be encouraged and challenged also.  In the fourth chapter, Tripp discusses “getting very practical about what it means to follow God in the mundane, every day situations of life” (60).

“We don’t do very many grand and significant things in our life.  Most of us will not be written up in history books.  Most of us will only be remembered by family and perhaps a few friends.  Most of us will be forgotten in two or three generations after our deaths.  There simply are not many grand moments of life, and we surely don’t live life in those mements.  No, we live life in the utterly mundane.  We exist in the bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways of life.  This is where the character of our life is set.  This is where we live the life of faith” (60).

Tripp offers these two questions about our obedience and trust, that if asked regularly, will give each of us a “Godward focus in the most mundane moments of life:”

1.  OBEY:  “What, in this situation, are the things that God calls me to do that I cannot pass on to anyone else?”

2.  TRUST:  “What, in this situation, are the things I need to entrust into God’s capable  and loving hands?” (61).

“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to his ways” (Proverbs 14:8).  So, today think about what Tripp wrote.  Live it out.  Pass it along.

To learn more about Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, click HERE.

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3 thoughts on “A Good Quote, #2: On Living in the Mundane

  1. This really hit home with me. I have loved the BIG moments in life but am aware we live in the mundane. Thanks, Cheryl, for passing Tripp’s words along.

  2. Bobbie,
    I know what you mean about “hitting home.” The first question about obedience is what really got me thinking. I see so many “other” things I want to do, “other” needs to be met, etc., But, I need to embrace the things that “I cannot pass along to anyone else.” Thanks for your comment.
    Cheryl

  3. I really appreciated that comment Cheryl. “I cannot pas along to anyone else.” In talking with some girlfriends the other day, we were struck by how our sin keeps us from doing those kinds of things: namely, consistently disciplining our children but even as I mentioned to Ron yesterday, doing the mundane chores I don’t feel like doing. My friends and I all commented how selfish we can be. An example: We had a fun evening planned with the children one night and one of my little angels did something worthy of being punished – punished enough to be sent to their room and miss out on the fun. I hated that — I wanted my daughter to be able to stay with me and have the fun. I personally didn’t want to miss out on her company. There was such a temptation to say, “Never mind honey, you stay here and have the fun.” But that would not be to love her. She needed to be punished and I was the only one that at the moment who could do it as Ron was not home yet. Ugh! As a single person I never really thought about how much dying to myself it would take to discipline my children! But Ron and I are the only ones that can do it, and it must get done. Thanks for this word Cheryl!

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