Day 15 – Sandal Stitching
After working for many years in the kitchen and having other responsibilities, Brother Lawrence “was assigned to the sandal shop, which was a delight for him, but he was willing to give up this task like the others. He would find joy everywhere doing little things for the love of God.”
Brother Lawrence had already learned to bring God into his kitchen work and make it enjoyable. Now he brought God into this new challenge – making sandals, repairing sandals, stitching sandals.
In the kitchen he had learned how to change drudgery into delightful, transform the menial into majesty, bring heaven to earth.
In the sandal shop he now learns to give up what he enjoys, so others too can touch heaven through simple sandal stitching.
Ultimately what he did, he discovers, doesn’t matter. He can do anything, little things, everything for the love of God.
With a true sense of humility, he opts for a spirituality of little things – doing simple tasks for God, transforming every little act into worship.
When many Christians think of worshiping God, they think of worship music. Yet we are to “worship him continually” (Psalm 105:4, TEV), not just on Sundays while singing at a worship service. All of life is worship.
“So whether you eat or drink [doing ordinary, daily, regular activities] or whatever you do [big things, little things, all things; in your home, job, school], do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
We first dedicate ourselves fully to God. Then we do big things, little things, all things for God, as though Jesus were standing right there (which he is!). And we carry on a continual conversation with God while doing them.
Action Step: Practice doing an ordinary activity or doing a little thing as an act of worship.
This is God’s Word for you today,