As a student at Auburn University, I worked an on-campus job sending mailers to engineering alumni. I logged most hours in a windowless cubicle under the low ceilings of the Ramsay Hall basement. But occasionally, my boss Elaine would send me into the sunshine with a package to deliver across Auburn’s beautiful, oak-lined campus.
I have this one vivid memory of keeping an index card scribbled with a Bible verse inside my pocket, just for these errands. I’d breathe in fresh air and memorize verses as I walked. It’s perplexing, because college is when I fell on my spiritual face. (I also fell on my secular face — because make no mistake, I was the definition of two-faced.) How my mind could memorize scripture while my heart refused to absorb truth and my body refused to obey Jesus is pharisaical.
Even so, sweet Jesus used those moments to shape me. Despite my rebellion and hypocrisy. He planted a tiny seed in my consciousness that said this: mundane moments spent well can become eternally valuable.
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Years later, long after God had transformed my world, life got busy. Really busy. We juggled a one year old, an adoption process, our home construction, ministry life, and my new accounting career. And then, I decided to sit for the grueling CPA exam. There was no time in my schedule for exam prep, but it had to be done. So I stuffed studying into an already bulging life. I listened to lectures on my commute, clicked through study software over lunch, and baby-talked auditing terms to a sudsy toddler at bath time. And I passed the exam.
And I thought, if you want something badly enough, you find time.
So later, when God whispered into my spirit that I could really know Him through Scripture, I knew: I could find the time.
We all find time for the things most important to us.
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We have a decision to make. Are the things of God important to us? Will we make the time?
I know, it can feel impossible. We have responsibilities. When dirty dishes pile high, and emails ping our phones, and to-do lists multiply in length faster than lines can be scratched off, to simply survive the day — even the hour — feels more important than preparing for eternity.
We can’t ignore the laundry forever, but we can listen to worship music or podcasts to fill our souls with truth as we work. Commutes become prayers, light exercise becomes a time to meditate on Scripture, meals become a space to invite others in… and yes, we also hit pause on life to sit still with Him and His Word.
Ideas for Making Mundane Moments Count:
- Listen to worship music or sermon podcasts while you work on mindless tasks like driving or vacuuming. There are so many inputs to our brains each day — give Truth a chance to speak louder than the rest. (My current favorite worship album and sermon podcast. And while I’m talking favorites, my favorite soul-nourishing Instagram feed and blog.)
- Memorize Scripture. Write a verse on a slip of paper. Keep it in your pocket for several days, pulling it out to practice in waiting rooms, between meetings, in grocery lines.
- Listen to Scripture. Did you know the YouVersion app will read Scripture aloud to you? I hit play on The Essential 100 Bible Reading Plan while putting on my makeup many mornings.
- Invite others into your meals, your family life, your exercise routine, etc. Jesus asked us to love and be united with each other. Don’t be a loner, and you’ll make the moments matter for eternity.
- Pray without ceasing. Talk to God nonstop.
- Keep your eyes open with gratitude. Every good gift is from God. Thank Him nonstop and stay aware of His hand in your life.