Life can seem mundane, at times. We think life would be more exciting if I ___________________ (fill in the blank).
Some people would put if I:
Had a better job
Had a better paycheck
Had a bigger home
Could travel more and work less
(to name a few)
So many times I hear people say “I’m just an at home mom” or “I just answer phones and shuffle paperwork around all day.” We may live a mundane life, but what we think is mundane is God’s purpose for our lives. Being an at home mom means you get to invest in your children and be there for specials moments in their lives. Working a job that you feel is not rewarding or too low pay means you are in the workplace impacting the people you come in contact with on a daily basis.
If we change our perspective on what we think is mundane and understand why God placed us in these areas, we would enjoy and accept why we are there. We would smile more and find joy in the least likely places. We would see that our lives matter.
What we do matters.
How we treat people matters.
How we leave a legacy matters.
I had a co-worker and good friend pass away this week. She had a desk job, and sometimes she thought what she did did not matter. Let me tell you something: It DID matter. She left a legacy that will always be remembered. She always had a smile on her face. She always greeted you with a cheerful heart and made you feel welcomed. She prayed with you and sent get well cards when you were in the hospital. She texted you just to check up on you to see how you were doing. She treated you like family, and she always cared about your needs above her own. And, she did all these things from her desk at work.
It is not about what task is at-hand. Life is not just about deadlines to meet at work each week. It is about investing in people. It is about taking the time to build relationships with those around you. You can make a difference by having a cheerful attitude. You can simply smile at someone and make his or her day. A joyful attitude is contagious.
The next time you think life is mundane and your life doesn’t matter, ask a friend how you have helped him or her through a difficult time. Ask co-workers how you brighten their day. We are not what we do. We are who we are by our actions and words. Encouragement goes a long way when someone is having a bad day. A hug shows someone you care when you do not know what to say. Life is about leaving a legacy that will always be remembered.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave with your family, friends, and co-workers?
Will your life matter when you are gone and only memories are left?
Who are you investing in?
My friend’s life mattered, because she invested in relationships. She left memories that will always be cherished. She left a legacy that many people do not leave behind. I pray when my day comes to leave earth, I leave a legacy like my friend did. She was one-of-a-kind and will always be missed.