Seeing God in the Bread-and-Butter Plain Days

You know what? I liked my last post. I liked the beauty in my yard all white with snow. I loved how you love it!

But I never want you to think better of me than I really am. The snow melted. The mud remained. And the ordinary bread-and-butter plain days were back.

There were a few days between then and now when I wasn’t exactly sleuthing for God’s fingerprints throughout my day. Life just got back to “normal.”

Deadlines. Emails. Laundry. Cooking. Cleaning.

Life is  so daily. One foot in front of the other. Bread-and-butter plain.

Where are the glimpses of glory in all that?

What did Jesus do with all that? Before you answer, consider this:

Jesus’ ministry, the part of his life that we read about in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, consisted of about three and a half years. That’s 1,278 days. If you go back and count the days recorded in the four gospels, you’ll come up considerably short.

So what was Jesus doing on the days that were not mentioned by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? He lived His life. He worked. He ate. He washed. He partied. He prayed. He studied. He meditated. He listened.

The Sacred lived in the midst of the secular in the one step in front of the other… bread-and-butter plain.

And that is exactly where we can see God…where we can glorify God.

Paul wrote: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB). Whatever you do…

Cleaning bathrooms to the glory of God.

Vacuuming the floor to the glory of God.

Reading my Bible to the glory of God.

Singing praises to the glory of God.

Being intimate with my husband to the glory of God.

Cooking dinner to the glory of God.

Helping in the soup kitchen to the glory of God.

Shopping for groceries to the glory of God.

Mailing packages to the glory of God.

Filing my taxes to the glory of God.

All things…to the glory of God.

What does  “to the glory of God” mean? The Greek word for glory is doxa.  It denotes honor or splendor, a reflection of God’s character.

We are to reflect God’s character, His ways, and His splendor in everything we do. Discounting sinful behavior, such as sexual perversions, gossip, drug and alcohol abuse, or any number of immoral acts that contradict the life of a Christian, our entire existence both in the secular and the sacred realm could and should be an act of worship…could or should be a reflection of God.

When that happens, words such as “do everything as unto the Lord” and “pray without ceasing” become clearer and more within our grasp.

Even in the bread-and-butter plain days, we can see God, we can reflect God.

In the spin of the laundry.

In the cleaning bathrooms.

In the vacuuming the floor.

Reading my Bible to the glory of God.

Singing praises to the glory of God.

Being intimate with my husband to the glory of God.

Cooking dinner to the glory of God.

Helping in the soup kitchen to the glory of God.

Shopping for groceries to the glory of God.

Mailing packages to the glory of God.

Filing my taxes to the glory of God.

All things…to the glory of God.

And when you do all thing to the glory of God, you begin to see the glory of God in all things.

How will you see God in your bread-and-butter plain day? Where will you look for God in your bread-and-butter plain day?

5 Responses to Seeing God in the Bread-and-Butter Plain Days

  1. Wendy Blight March 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Sharon, how I needed these words today!! Thank you for reminding me to look for God in my ordinary everyday life AND MORE IMPORTANTLY to reflect Him in that ordinary. I treasure these words:

    “We are to reflect God’s character, His ways, and His splendor in everything we do.”

    A precious gift today! Thank you.

    Blessings,

    Wendy

    • Sharon Jaynes March 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

      Wendy, you are always such an encouragement to me! I’m so sorry our boats were not at the same dock (p31) at the same time. At least we are sailing in the same ocean of ministry!

  2. Anne March 7, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Sharon,

    You are a ‘heaven’ of a woman to the glory of God. He puts just the right words in you to reach out to us. Be blessed even more.

    Across the oceans, Shalom

    Anne

  3. Anne March 7, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Sharon,

    You are a ‘heaven’ of a woman to the glory of God. He puts just the right words in you to reach out to us. Be blessed even more.

    Across the oceans, Shalom

    Anne

  4. nancy guenthner March 25, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    I just love that! Do everything to the Glory of God in whatever you do.

    I have been living with my Dad since this past July, 2013. My Mom passed away at the age of 77 due to congestive heart failure, lupus, and heart issues along with dementia/Alzheimer disease. I helped out my parents a lot ever since my Mom became very ill in 2008. Making dinners, doing their laundry, cleaning their home, doing their grocery shopping, and my Dad worked 32 hours per week all the while my mom was ill as her medical bills and prescriptions and health care were much. I worked and went to college during that time, and in between, I had a head-on collision a drunk driver hit me, and I could not do what I normally did. I had to help coordinate her care with my Dad, and I now realize it would have been much easier emotionally if I really concentrated on doing everything onto the Lord. Now, I do that with my Dad. My Dad is great, he appreciates all I do. What a great devotion!

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