My reality show name: Boring!

by Trillia Newbell

Yesterday I heard the news that a family in our area would be doing a reality show. They have 19 kids. They are called the Bates and are friends with the popular Duggar family. They are joining a long line of reality TV stars.  There are so many reality shows! Shows about swapping wives, shows about Jersey misfits, shows about singing and dancing. Haven’t we had enough? For the record, I’m excited about the new Bates family show as it will assist them with caring financially for all their kids. But I wonder what our obsession is with reality shows. I have a theory. We are bored with our own and theirs just looks so much more appealing (and simply entertaining).

I was thinking about my reality. I wake up often to someone climbing on me. Get breakfast ready and break up fights. Clean up after breakfast and entertain two small kids. Get lunch ready and break up fights. Change a pull-up and play with kids. Clean up after lunch and possibly go somewhere. Sometimes in between that I will teach a group fitness class and once in a blue moon I’ll visit with a friend. But often it’s just me and the kids. Okay, every so often I interview people who I am writing a story about. But my writing can look at little bit more like this meme- minus:

My Reality TV Show would be called Boring. The viewers would be the few friends I have on Facebook and they’d get pretty tired of seeing the same old boring pictures of my boring life. Maybe this resonates with you. Maybe your life feels like a boring, mundane reality show and the reruns are just the same shots over and over and over again. But for the Christian, this life- the mundane ordinary, boring life- is rich with God’s blessings!

I love my ordinary mundane life because in it is life, abundant life. Life because of the death of One! And because of this I am learning to be content in whatever state I am, (Philippians 4:11).

Be encouraged by this little excerpt from the Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs:

 What they have is sanctified to them for good. Other men have what they enjoy in the way of common providence, but the saints     have it in a special way. Others have what they have and no more: meat, and drink, and houses, and clothes, and money, and that is all. But a gracious heart finds contentment in this, I have it, and I have a sanctified use of it too; I find God goes along with what I have to draw my heart nearer to Him, and sanctify my heart to Him. If I find my heart drawn nearer to God by what I enjoy, that is much more than if I have it without any sanctifying of my heart by it. There is secret dew that goes along with it: the dew God’s love in it, and the dew of sanctification. (p. 20)

There is a sanctified use to my mundane life. There is something glorious in its purpose! I can enjoy the riches of God’s goodness in that even in the mundane, He is working for my good and to bring Himself glory. I can know that my labor is not in vain.

I can know that these moments with my little kids are sweet and invaluable though they seem so insignificant. These breakfast moments that seem so silly.

My prayer for you this morning is that you would find sweetness in your Reality Show. That you would find God in your mundane. And that you would know your labor is not in vain.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go watch what I missed on “The Voice”.

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