WHAT TO DO?

In his Christian classic, The Practice of His Presence, Father Lawrence teaches that God is found in the ordinary things of our everyday lives. According to Father Lawrence, we should do everything we do, regardless of whether it is some great endeavor or some menial task, as though we are doing it for Christ and for the glory of God. Such a philosophy of life did not originate with Father Lawrence. It was introduced long ago by the Apostle Paul.

  • “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23)
  • “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Like Father Lawrence, Elizabeth Barrett Browning also understood the Christ of the common place; that is, she too understood that the resurrected Christ is most often found in life’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.

Don’t be a “blackberry picker.” Don’t go through your ordinary daily life failing to see the resurrected Christ in common things. Instead, take off your shoes, realizing that common places are sacred places when you are aware of Christ’s presence and that ordinary tasks are extraordinarily significant when performed by you for the glory of God.