It can be difficult, during lulls of life, to find purpose and joy in the moment. It is sometimes hard to see God’s design through all the tasks, commitments, and errands. Living with a cheerful heart, even during the mundane seasons, is possible!
A new season is upon us. Fall is here, but, more annoyingly, it is gnat season. Those little buggers seem to be everywhere and are extremely obnoxious. I’ve picked up my fresh fruits and veggies from the market, and, wouldn’t you know, my produce came with something a bit extra. Free with purchase.
“Oh! Hello, tiny, kamikaze fly, floating in my beautiful cup of coffee.”
Purpose: Mundane Seasons
The audacity. I get it, with everything there is a season, but golly! Turns out, there are a few important reasons for these gnats to exist, but why do they have to live in my house? It would be fine if I had a bird flying around to eat them. It would be awesome if I actually had flowering plants to pollinate. But, alas, I do not. Those little gnats trapped themselves in my home and now they lack purpose.
There have been many seasons in my life when I have felt like that gnat. I felt trapped, without function or significance. I stepped into daily rhythms and monotony with blankness. Unseen chores and sacrifices left me feeling gloomy and worthless. Most recently, I caught myself staring out the window watching the wind toss around leaves.
I actually thought to myself, “The wind has more importance than I do.”
Hold the phone! I allowed Satan to steal my mission, my ambition, my happiness. He whispered in my ear and told me I just wasn’t important enough. “Your tasks are insignificant.” “You have no purpose.” “God can’t use you.”
A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
Proverbs 17:22, MSG
I fed into these lies, and sent myself spiraling down the rabbit hole. I was tired, lacked interest, and depressed. A bit redundant, but I struggled to find joy in most situations and occasions. I really started to annoy myself. It stinks that it had to go that far, but I finally knelt and prayed to my Father. He responded quickly … and it hit me! A lesson I had learned when I was little…
Purpose: A Joyful Heart
Growing up, I always enjoyed spending time at Aunt C’s house. She taught me a lot of practical things. For instance: how to fold towels properly, how to plant flowers, how to pull weeds, how to pick veggies from the garden (my favorite), how to wash dishes by hand. She taught me how to hang clothes on the line and make a bed. She taught me how to can and preserve food – so awesome! Aunt C’s home was spotless (I bet she never had a gnat), her meals were homemade and delicious, her yard was beautiful.
The most important lesson Aunt C taught me was not one she spoke to me, but one I learned from watching her. Do all things with a joyful heart. She did her work without complaint or frown. I’m sure she had moments, but I never saw one. Her example was so valuable to me that I remember it still. I have this little mantra on repeat in my head when I feel Satan start to creep in, “With a joyful heart, with a joyful heart…”
Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns. He is the one you are really working for.
Colossians 3:23-24, TLB
I never knew why Aunt C’s lesson was so significant to me until I became a wife and mommy. Day to day tasks, like I said before, can get repetitious. Especially when you feel those duties are invisible. One thing that pulls me out of this mindset is that phrase. Remembering that God sees my work and sees my heart as I work, changes my attitude. God purposed me for these moments and I will carry them out with a happy attitude.
I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb; before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.
Jeremiah 1:5, TLB
Before I was even conceived, I was given purpose by my Creator. For this season, I am to establish an atmosphere where Christ can dwell. A home where I can encourage His purposes for children’s and husband’s lives. A home where gnats dwell… if only to inspire me to write this post.
Has God called you to a specific season, recently?
How have you surrendered your heart to happiness?
If you have found this inspiring, share the encouragement…