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Justice in the Mundane

February 28, 2013

This post originally appeared on Tearfund’s Rhythms site 

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker” – Helen Keller

What is it that you dream of? What is it that inspires and motivates you to be a change maker in today’s world? Do you ever feel that if you want to make a difference you have got to live big, dream big and set big goals in order to live a full life?

We may rightly be thinking big, dreaming big dreams and wanting to be significant change makers. This is a great thing but perhaps not always what is required of us.

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously — take God seriously. Micah 6:8

I would like to think that I am living an extraordinary life. The world screams out for us to live that way; live life to the Max! The reality is that most of the time I am not. Although I have big dreams and things that inspire me and fire me up, a lot of life is often quite normal and mundane. Now I’m not advocating a dull and dreary life, oh no, life is an adventure and is to be lived with hope and fullness but a lot of the things that fill life are often fairly normal. And that is ok.

How can we seek to do justice in the everyday and the mundane?

Seeking to do Justice in the everyday should not mean compromising our values It should not mean that we forgo creativity. It should not mean we are worthy but dull. It definitely should not mean that we set lower goals. All of this would surely limit a creative, loving, adventurous God who desires transformation of individuals and the world that He created and He loves.

However, as Helen Keller said, Its the everyday pushes of honest, just, merciful, humble people in the midst of the mundane that collectively can also make a change. These pushes could be things like buying fairly traded products, taking a campaign action, holding open a door and taking the time to listen to someone who is in need. It may even be as simple as pausing for a moment each day to be thankful for what we do have rather than pining for what we don’t. I set out in 2012 to take a Rhythms style journey through 9 different themes. It began as a bit of a crazy adventure and has normalised into an everyday kind of rhythm. Its been good as well as quite hard at times. I am now convinced more than ever that these journeys, these Rhythms, these ways of life are best done in community as well as individually. 

It’s great and really important to think and dream big. But it’s also great to act in the small and everyday ways. Doing Justice is a normal, everyday, whole of life thing. A Marathon rather than a sprint. I want to keep going and run the race for life.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1 (MSG)

When its put like that it shows that every day, whole life discipleship is an adventure that we can embrace. Are you up for the journey?

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