Have you ever watched an action movie and then felt depressed because your life was nowhere near that?
Or maybe you don’t hate social outlets because other people’s lives seem so much more interesting?
You may have even quit hanging out with or talking to certain friends because their lives are more “action packed”.
Things like this have caused you to look down on routines, ordinary, and things that seem mundane.
But I want to encourage you to embrace the Mundane
There’s Mercy in the Mundane
No one likes to feel like they are living an insignificant, boring, or mundane life. But there’s is blessing in it if you will embrace it.
1. It can keep you from seeking thrills
People do what they do for pleasure. The way you seek it can be completely different than the person next to you. And one of those ways is by seeking thrills.
That adrenaline rush can be addictive.
It makes you feel alive. And you want more of it. God created you that way so it’s not bad in and of itself.
But it can become a god in your life if you are not careful.
2. We can idolize thrill seeking
Thrill seeking can become your main pursuit instead of God.
Your desire to avoid anything mundane can cause you to become obsessed with the rush and adrenaline that thrill seeking brings.
If you’re not feeling a constant flow of excitement or adrenaline then you’re not satisfied.
3. Spirituality can become about bragging rights
Philippians 3:8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
Paul, if any Christian could have claimed bragging rights when it comes to earthly accomplishments.
But he didn’t.
Instead, he says that anything he has every done or accomplished is counted as loss because he has found something far greater.
The danger with living or seeking to live a life full of adventure is that it can later be used as bragging rights about your super spiritual status.
And the only things we should be bragging about is Jesus Christ and him crucified.
It can teach you about being still
In an information-saturated and driven world, it’s hard to be still and not be constantly doing or distracted by something.
Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
God has to tells us to be still because it is something we are not naturally good at. Maybe the emptiness you feel when you are overwhelmed by the mundane is God asking you to be still.
So when you find yourself there, try focusing on these two areas. And not just focus on them but try to be consistent.
Psalm 1:2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditation it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
How can you meditate if you are constantly seeking something to excite, entertain, and get your blood pumping.
Take those hints from God as opportunities to sit down and read His word. And then take some time to meditate on those precious words of life.
Meditation gives your mind time to process what you have just taken in.
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Since, for the most part, we struggle to be as intentional as Jesus, take those hints from God as nudges to pray.
Maybe even find somewhere where you can be alone with God away from all the noise and distractions.
Mundane causes you to be still
So, when you feel like your life feels mundane, see it as an opportunity to seek God in that moment through prayer and meditation.
It causes you to face the problem or pain point
I know personally, that when I have a problem or am stressing about something, I want to just do something that takes my mind off of the issue.
It’s easy to choose distractions over dealing with the real issue
So instead of facing my problem, I go after something to entertain me.
But the mundane of life doesn’t let me always be entertained. In this sense, it forces me to slow down, think, and face reality instead of going off into a fantasy world of action and easy to fix problems.
It points you to Jesus
One of the best things about the mundaneness of life is that it leaves me with only one place to go.
And that is to the feet of Jesus.
You cling to Jesus for joy and excitement, not adrenaline
After I’ve tried to find relief or fulfillment in this world and come back empty handed, I can only look to Jesus the true source of joy and excitement.
When you hit rock bottom, there is only one way to go … Up.
I am guessing that this quote normally gets used as more of a self-help maxim or slogan.
Mundane can feel like rock-bottom. And when you find yourself there, look up.
Look up to Jesus.
He is there waiting and reminding you that you were never meant to find satisfaction in anything other than Him.