In his Christian classic, The Practice of His Presence, Father LawrenceÂ teaches that God is found in the ordinary things of our everyday lives.Â According to Father Lawrence, we should do everything we do, regardlessÂ of whether it is some great endeavor or some menial task, as though weÂ are doing it for Christ and for the glory of God. Such a philosophy of life didÂ not originate with Father Lawrence. It was introduced long ago by theÂ Apostle Paul.
- â€œAnd whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.â€ (Colossians 3:23)
- â€œWhether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.â€ (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Like Father Lawrence, Elizabeth Barrett Browning also understood theÂ Christ of the common place; that is, she too understood that theÂ resurrected Christ is most often found in lifeâ€™s common things. This explains why she penned the following poem.
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
Donâ€™t be a â€œblackberry picker.â€ Donâ€™t go through your ordinary daily lifeÂ failing to see the resurrected Christ in common things. Instead, take offÂ your shoes, realizing that common places are sacred places when you areÂ aware of Christâ€™s presence and that ordinary tasks are extraordinarilyÂ significant when performed by you for the glory of God.