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Glorious Actions Aren’t Usually Glorious

People are attracted to glorious. Glorious views. Glorious missions. Glorious messages. Glorious ideas.

No one likes boring. We certainly don’t want good. We aren’t even crazy about great.


We want frontrow seats.

We crave oceanfront views.

I’ve been given the opportunity to help with childcare at a local facility for women and children. But often there are too many kids and too few toys and not enough room and if you decide to speak to me, please speak loudly because I can’t hear you over the noise that sounds like a fire engine crashing into a parade.

“It is the longest hour and a half of my life,” I complain to my husband.

To me, there is nothing exciting about childcare.

Babysitting = Zero glory.

Wait, wait. Scratch that. Babysitting = Negative glory.

I know I should love watching these children (believe me I feel guilty about it, I do), but after a long day, I don’t want to babysit. There, it’s out. I said it outloud.

Instead, maybe I could help this organization with a social media campaign or plan a fundraiser. Now, that’s big. Now, that’s important. Now, that is glorious.

But this organization doesn’t need a fundraiser organized, and they don’t care about social media. What they need is a babysitter and one who actually shows up.

Sometimes I get all mixed up and think God cares about the size our actions. I think God doesn’t want me to waste time on any old task. I think God measures actions, and let me tell you, babysitting barely ranks.

This way of thinking is flat out not true.

Of course God wants me to do glorious things in His name, but the majority of the time, those glorious things look like me showing up and then picking up that toy the kid with the runny nose dropped on the floor.

It’s not cool or shiny or new, but it certainly is glorious.

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