10 Quotes from The God of the Mundane

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Following is a little dose of quotes and sections readers have highlighted on their Kindle.

1. We are not saved from mediocrity and obscurity, the ordinary and the mundane. We are saved in the midst of it. We are not redeemed from the mundane. We are redeemed from the slavery of thinking our mundane life is not enough.

2. We think the small, mundane, ordinary things we do each and every day are worth nothing before God because they are worth nothing before the gods of this world.

3. But I say, be nobody special. Do your job. Take care of your family. Clean your house. Mow your yard. Read your Bible. Attend worship. Pray. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Love your spouse. Love your kids. Be generous. Laugh with your friends. Drink your wine heartily. Eat your meat lustily. Be honest. Be kind to your waitress. Expect no special treatment. And do it all quietly.

4. …are you willing to be numbered among the nameless believers in history who lived in obscurity?

5. In other words, we want to end war, hunger and poverty in our lifetime. But we do not posses the will to let someone merge in front of us in traffic, and do so with a smile.

6. This little book is not a call to do nothing. It is a call to be faithful right where you are, regardless of how mundane that place is.

7. Living quietly is a life so happy with the attention of God, that the attention of the world is not needed, and rarely enjoyed.

8. I missed the obvious: the Apostles are writing to normal people.

9. It is true Paul says to his readers, “imitate me…”[1] And he says it more than once. In each instance, Paul wants his readers to see that he is an example of what he is asking of them in that particular context. His life is consistent with what he is teaching. He isn’t out of step. But he never asks them to stop being who they are. He never challenges them to go anywhere. We don’t even get hints that lead us to believe he is making them feel guilty for living in comparative comfort compared to his lack of it. That’s weird. And it’s weird because this is so common in our pulpits and in conferences held for zealous college students.

10. I want to believe my faith in the gospel of grace is not limited to the “spiritual” things but is exploding onto every single mundane moment in my life. I want the shrapnel of this explosion to embed itself in every enjoyment, and failure, and celebration, and tragedy coming my way.

Thursday’s Random Thoughts

1. Karen Carpenter’s voice plus Christmas music…oh wait…hang on…I’ve got something in my eye…

2. Everyone is trying to make their Christmas meaningful for their family, we are just trying to keep our kids from throwing up between December 21 and 25.

3. We have just enough electronic devices to get some peace and quiet every now and then, if one goes bad, we may need a lawyer.

4. No matter your vocation you will be prone to try and correct what your pastor says and does. No matter your vocation, you will be prone to ignore your pastor if he has an opinion on how you do your work.

5. Discovered a new band, you’ve never heard of them…no really, that’s their name.

6. Joined a church this past Sunday, first time since leaving vocational ministry. Thinking about joining again…they have a covered dish luncheon for the new members when they join.

7. One of the most exciting parts of Christmas is doing all I can to avoid “Last Christmas” by George Michael.

8. The Calvinist, for all his belief in the depravity of man, should be far more critical of the men within his own tribe, than those without.

9. I know some people may buy the book simply because they think I’m the Christian singer…and I’m OK with that.

10. I don’t know what other people say to themselves to motivate themselves when running, but something that starts with “B” and ends with “acon-wrapped shellfish.”