Enduring Faithfulness in the Mundane

I love this quote by G. K. Chesterton that I ran across again while reading back through Jared C. Wilson’s Gospel Wakefulness (a worthy read, by the way):

Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening; ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

Every one of us longs for the exceptional and exhilarating and carries a disdain for the boring and monotonous. Our affections and attentions jump from one thing to the next, seeking out our next thrill. We are constantly drawn to those things that might excite for a moment, but in the end are mere distractions.

The older I get, and the longer I’m in ministry, the more deeply I understand that success is found in enduring faithfulness in and through the mundane. Taking joy in the everyday disciplines of Word, prayer, shepherding, and care is something I must regularly grow down into.

The glory of God shines through the mundane for those who have eyes to see.


Quote from G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (New York: Random House, 1959), 58.

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Published by Mike Phay

Husband. Father. Pastor. Teacher.

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