A Joyful Cog in His Giant Plan

We are our own paparazzi. We're constantly snapping pictures — posting what we made for lunch and chronicling our lives one selfie at a time. In a world where everyone else's life is "the best ever!" it can be hard to keep up. As we scroll through our social media feeds, read blogs, and observe each other's lives, there is a temptation to envy the eventful, fast-paced lifestyle.

For some of us, no matter how hard we try to make things seem flashy and exciting, we just can’t escape the truth: life is mundane. When the world tells us that joy is found in overseas trips, glitzy jobs, and post-worthy nights on the town, is there any joy left for us?

The Boring Life

I used to work for UPS. It was as mundane a job as you'll find. Packages came down a slide, we put them in a container, and that was that. I was only there for four years, but I worked with union members who had been there for more than twenty years. Can you imagine? Where’s joy to be found when you’re working the same job that you’ve done for years — a job nobody even pretends is exciting?

Consider the stay-at-home mother. Each day, the clothes she washed are made dirty again. The bathroom she cleaned is covered with suds and toothpaste spatter. The kitchen floor she mopped is sprinkled with cereal crumbs. Every evening she’s on her knees re-cleaning, re-picking up, re-putting away the same things she did the previous night. Where is joy for her in a life that promises more of the same mind-numbing duties?

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