Folding laundry. Washing dishes. Picking up behind children. Same things done over and over without pay and without recognition. The Holy Spirit reminds me of the scripture that says to “Therefore, whether you eat or drink whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) The eat and drink is about clean and unclean for Hebrew law, but the whatever is really about anything and everything we do, that we can do it for the glory of God. Can we sin to the glory of God? No. But I can wash the same dish, pick up those shoes, drive that same route as a soccer mom for the glory of God.
In his classic daily devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says,
It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most common place thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lords does a thing through us, He always transfigures it (February 19th, The Initiative Against Drudgery).
Today I stopped by a second-hand store looking for one item. I greeted my friend who happened to be working with a hug. She had 6 or 7 hangers of clothes on her left hand and was placing them on the racks one at a time. Very common place. I happen to know she struggles with hand issues and pain, that this job she needs as she cares for her family is drudgery. This work is also ministry, to those who find Walmart prices too much, to those who strive to get the best deals on little things so they can better use the provisions God has given them elsewhere. My friend’s work is transfigured, changed into glorious work by our Lord God.
Whatever you and I have to do today, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).