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Perhaps no one will want to read the story. The story of a man who gets up morning after morning when he is well and when he is not, kisses his wife and children and goes to work. Day after day he fights monotony and depression by praising the Lord and looking for opportunities to share his faith and disciple younger men. Night after night he returns home though sometimes he longs to run away. He clings to his faith, to his commitment and he becomes more than the father who was before him. Perhaps no one wants to read of his wife as she washes laundry or dishes, wipes faces and scrubs toilets, turns her mind away from thoughts of the outer world knowing she has been called to work in the home, to find a way to creatively keep harmony and the budget. Together they read the Bible and learn to sacrifice, inviting people in their home, praying for Christians near and far doing the same thing. They reach out to the widow and the fatherless, praying they will pass truth along to their children who are observing so intently.
Is this not the radical in the mundane? Is this not working out salvation without glitz or glamor with the attitude of Christ?
There are no excuses, we have all been called to be willing to walk away from everything we have. Some of us will then be called to sell everything, move far away, embrace a new people and new life to introduce the unreached to Christ. Some of us will be called to live sacrificially where we already are and live often misunderstood pure lives in the midst of indulgence.
Each day I need to ask if I have any idols to lay down, any attitudes to surrender. Each day the radical to be embraced is the attitude of Christ so that His glory might be seen here, now, and in the children we pray will embrace our faith.
For further meditation: Titus (have you checked out the number of times Paul says “good deeds”?), James (perhaps I will never grasp all I need to practice, but I commit to continue to try)