“What will you do in the mundane days of faithfulness?” (Martin Luther)
Of the many signs of spring around at the moment there is none more prominent in my garden than my oak tree. As if overnight new leaves have sprouted and what seemed to be bare branches are now awash with fresh green leaves.
Given the size of the Oak Tree it is easy to focus on it. Its gracious branches the perfect resting place for the boys’ swings. But on a closer look the tree is not alone in its spring activity. For on the ground tiny little oak seedlings have grown from last season’s acorns that embedded themselves in the soil. Overlooked and barely noticeable due to their diminutive size, they have thus far survived the cull of the lawn mower.
These little plants have the ability, the potential to grow into an oak tree the size of the one that towers above them. A small oak seedling is not insignificant. It has value and potential. It is something to be treasured.
Our world demands big, it values and esteems grand. The bigger the better. If we are not careful we can let that thinking spill over into our life with God. We can think that our life is small and insignificant compared to those around us who seem to be doing more, making more of an impact for God on a grander scale, on a bigger platform. We can think that our days are merely mundane, ordinary and cause little impact for the Kingdom of God.
Those little Acorn seedlings have to hang in there if they want to reach their potential. In the same way we need to hang in there and keep doing good. It is in our ordinary days, when we do what is in front of us, that we honour God and live for Him. Keep being that voice of encouragement, keep with the acts of kindness. It matters because it matters to God. Our good works have impact beyond the moment – we just often don’t see that.
If you’re weary of pouring out, serving and helping for little or no appreciation. If you’re hurting because it seems that what you do is invisible, take heart for God sees. And God does not subscribe to the world system of value and success but rather sees all, values all. Remember He is always at work in and through us.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
I‘m no Latin expert, truth be told -,I’m not even a novice. The only Latin I know is that of my University Song and the odd English appearing word here and there. So when “modus operandi” was used in a description of my work, I confess I had to google it to see what it meant!
Modus operandi, (according to google!) means “method of operation”. It is the term used to describe someone’s habits of working. Fortunately for me the phrase was used at work in a positive manner. Relief!
But now, I, having learnt some Latin, was keen to see if I could then drop it into a conversation, demonstrating my clever knowledge of Latin of course. As it turns out, I did use it in a conversation but not sure when it really counts when the conversation consisted of asking my Lawyer brother if he had heard of it….He had….Latin being a second language really for those of the Legal profession.
So, use in a blog I must! Because as always, it had me thinking. I know what my modus operandi is at work as I oversee the management of 2000 plus sea containers in the South Pacific and fortunately it is good. But what is my modus operandi in life? Daily, minute by minute, hour by hour how do I operate? What words would people use to describe my habit of living? Am I continually demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit? Does Peace govern my life? Is kindness my modus operandi? Do I love? Does goodness come easily?
The thing about fruit is that it is visible – tangible – beneficial and good! I’m challenged to make sure that the tangible, visible evidence of the fruit of the Spirit is demonstrated in my life – every day. Then it can be said of me that it is my habit, my modus operandi! If I make love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control my Modus Operandi, I think I might have a chance of changing this world around me.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galations 5:22-23)