The Mundane is the Mission: Thoughts from Telephone Book Club
Yesterday marked my first trip to campus in a few weeks, and I was reluctant to go. Having mostly online classes allows me to stay within the precious comfort zone (population: 1) but it also means that when I do need to venture into the unknown, every time feels like the first time.
Maybe I should move to the moon.
As I parked my car and prepared for the trek across campus, I kept one train of thought in a loop on my head, a rolling tape of a conversation I'd had the night before. A friend and I call each other every week or so to talk Mere Christianity—the C.S. Lewis classic we're working through together, a chapter at a time. I could dedicate an entire blog post to the blessing our little book club has been in my life, but for now, let's settle for the eight-word version:
"Every Christian is to become a little Christ."
The night before, these eight words had been a highlight of our telephone book club meeting. My friend and I loved the simplicity, the clarity of this simple instruction that contains, in itself, the entire purpose of the Christian life and yet frames it in such accessible terms. Become a little Christ. Be a little Christ.
The Christian life can seem like a complicated one, especially when we get hung up on the details. But at the end of the day, those words are the reason we can't be afraid to venture into the unknown. They are the reason for stepping out of our cars, marching across campus, and shining our lights at their brightest and clearest to anyone and everyone in our path.
Sometimes the mundane can blur the mission. Another day of class. Another shift of work. Another job to do, errand to run, item to check off the to-do list. Just something to get through. That's why we need to hang on to the simple truth, keep it with us like a song on a loop in our heads or a keychain that never gets lost. That simple exhortation—be a little Christ—will help us to remember that the mundane is the mission. That every Christian is to become a little Christ, and that means taking every part of life, including the uncomfortable or ordinary or dull, as part of the great adventure.
Remember: the mundane is the mission.
Carry that with you today.