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Ordinary Days
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I am an ordinary woman. I live a simple, ordinary life. I work hard, laugh often, and live well. But sometimes it can be difficult to find real meaning in endless dusting and in the folding of laundry and the vacuuming of floors for other people that fills my work days.

It is easy to look around me at the accomplishments, and the seemingly great and beautiful purposes that my friends and acquaintances are attaining and wonder if I do anything at all that matters right now, or in light of eternity. I wonder if I am missing something, and if I make an impact at all on those around me.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” -Helen Keller

It is not for us to measure the success of our lives by the standard of the life work of another human being. We cannot compare our work with theirs. God has made each one of us for a purpose all our own. Even the most humble, obscure and quietly lived life, has beautiful purpose. No life that is lived for God is ever lived in vain. Right in the middle of our ordinary lives, we can find that our passion is not always in doing something great, but sometimes it is the small passion of making the most of this moment. We can discover that maybe there is nothing so ordinary after all.

Small Daily Differences

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee." -Marian Wright Edelman

I may never go across the seas and serve God’s children there. I may not write books, or be known by anyone outside of my small circle of family and friends. But when my heart is tempted to feel like I have failed of reaching some important place, I will remember that little things done with a heart to please God aren’t wasted. I can take courage in my simple life of ordinary days that it is the faithful doing of the little things that matters to God after all.

"If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain."

-Emily Dickinson

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