The broom moved swiftly over the laminate floor, as I carefully swept up the remaining crumbs from the day. It was an everyday task and so routine that I could move through the motions in my sleep. As I bended over to sweep the piles of crumbs Into the dustpan, the thoughts started to fill my mind.
“How many times do I sweep crumbs? No one even cares. I am constantly cleaning up something.”
One after another, they came and with each one my mind became more wrapped around them. I felt frustrated and questioned what was the point of all my routine tasks around the house.
Then in the middle of emptying the dustpan into the trash, I heard a whisper.
Keri, why are you serving your family and who are you serving?
The words put a halt to every lie that had been filling my mind and I stopped what I was doing. Sinking to the cold floor, I started to think through what I knew God was asking.
Sweeping the floor, folding the laundry, making dinner, they all can be lumped together as mundane tasks that can start to seem pointless and overly repetitive. Especially, when you combine small children who are not always verbally appreciative.
Sitting on the floor, I was reminded of Colossians 3:23,
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."
Whatever you do.
God did not say specific things, He said whatever. That means anything that I am doing.
Work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.
How often do I announce that I cleaned the house or expect praise for the dinner I made? In this moment, I realized my mind needed to shift. My reason for caring for our home and family should not be for praise from them or to be noticed. I serve my family because in doing so, I am serving God.
The little things we do matter. They may seem small and insignificant, but when we think about why we do what we do and who we are serving, it gives everything a greater purpose.
My prayer is that you will be encouraged and reminded the importance of remembering who you are serving and why you are serving. When we focus on serving others to serve God, we are bringing Him glory.
As you enter your job day after day and the tasks seem meaningless.
As you change your daughter’s diaper.
As you go to school.
Whatever you are doing that may seem routine or small, is of greater importance than we could ever imagine. Friends, what you are doing is a beautiful thing, do the mundane with joy and purpose, knowing that you are serving God.
KERI SNYDER lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and three kids. She loves to use her day-to-day life to encourage others to live with joy and intention. Follow her over at www.kerilynnsnyder.com.