When I was nine years old, I started to learn how to play the guitar. My father would have me practice for 15 minutes. Then 15 minutes became 30. Then 30 minutes became 45 minutes and eventually, I would practice one hour a day.
Every day when I came home, I would strum my guitar. I learned how to read and play notes. I would practice my technique to ensure that I was strumming my strings up and down. Refining my technique
In my mind it was boring, but as days became weeks and weeks became months, and months became years gradually something happened
I no longer was a beginner. Now I could play the guitar without looking at the notes. I could play and strum beautiful music from my heart. The mundane lead to something amazing.
And sometimes our walk with God is like playing the guitar.
At first, it’s boring. Nothing’s happening. It’s the same thing every week or every day.
Read my Bible, checkmark.
Go to church, check.
Go to Bible study, check.
Pray every day, check.
Give to God, check.
The routine feels mundane.
But then one day, something happens. There will be a time when we read our Bible, and we hear God speaking to us and his word gives us an answer to a confusing situation. We go to church, and a breakthrough happens somebody’s healed. We pray or attend a bible study and God gives us insight and revelation about our situation. We give God 50 dollars and then one week later God gives you a 3000 scholarship - a true story of my life.
This is when the mundane becomes amazing. This is when we need to realize that every day when we do the same thing over and over again, we’re building on something. We’re depositing in our lives and our investment will produce in return.
But that’s hard to see when we’re feeling tired. Emotionally drained. Mentally exhausted and relationally maxed out.
But for the time being keep doing what you’re doing.
If your job is to answer phones, keep answering the phone. If you’re a new parent keep feeding your baby. If you’re physically sick, keep going to rehab. If you’re losing faith, just offer to God faith as small as a mustard seed.
Because when we do something amazing is going to happen. I can’t tell you when and I can’t tell you why because I am not God. But the mundane is going to lead to incredible.
Perhaps that is what Paul meant when he wrote the following words, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4: 7-8).
Paul knew something back then that makes perfect sense now. Your mundane will lead to something amazing. Something special. Something transforming. That is why you should not stop so he spurs us on and says keep fighting, keep having faith, and finish your race. For him, he says heaven is waiting on the other side. What amazing thing will happen in your life if you keep doing the mundane? I don’t know…. But one thing I know is if you stop now, you will miss what God is about to do in your life.