This Mind Hack Can Get You Through an Ordinary Day

Focusing on one objective helps the rest fall into place.

The ordinary days of life far outnumber the extraordinary ones. That can get discouraging. But as we look at the lives in the Bible, we see the same pattern. Thankfully, they were normal like us.

This Mind Hack Can Get You Through an Ordinary Day

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Like us, the biblical lives show years of routine interrupted by occasion moments of excitement. Thankfully, we see God at work in the ordinary day just as much as in the extraordinary. David’s fight with Goliath is the perfect example.

It can also happen with you.

David’s Extraordinary Day

The thrill of the battle between David and Goliath often overshadows the staggering transition it produced (1 Samuel 17:1 ff). Jonathan’s earlier victory at Michmash pushed the Philistines back out of King Saul’s territory. So, the Philistines’ next attempt to invade Israel came through their advance up the Elah Valley below Bethlehem—David’s hometown. Camped between Socoh and Azekah, the Philistines posed a major threat to Israel’s security.

But no one in Saul’s army, including Saul, had the nerve to face the nine-foot-tall Goliath.

David came that day at his father’s instruction to check on the welfare of his brothers in the army. Once he arrived, David recognized his heavenly Father’s will and took the responsibility no one else would accept.

The Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath

(Photo: The Elah Valley, where David fought Goliath. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

David’s Ordinary Day . . . and Ours

Killing Goliath represented no greater feat than what David did daily as a shepherd. But God used this ordinary day in David’s life to bring about his immense popularity with Israel, another advance along his road to becoming king. David didn’t come to the Elah Valley that day to become a national hero. But God often uses an ordinary day in extraordinary ways.

We find a multitude of providences so timed to a minute, that had they occurred just a little sooner or later, they had mattered little in comparison with what now they do. Certainly, it cannot be chance, but counsel, that so exactly works in time. —John Flavel

Think back to the major points of transition in your own life. Did they not often occur with chance meetings, incidental conversations, and referrals from a friend of a friend?

We never know what events God will use even today for His glory. So we should always remain faithful to perform our ordinary tasks wherever we find ourselves—and let God make them great according to His pleasure and purpose (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

Our objective? To glorify God in the simple tasks which await us this ordinary day.

Our duty and only goal today is faithfulness.

Tell me what you think: What helps you get through the ordinary days of life? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Magdalena

    The reminder of the Holy Spirit that I am not supposed to get weary in doing good, and that I have to do all for the honor and glory of God. 

  • Carolnothern

    The knowledge that the Holy Spirit is with me gets me through every day!

    •  Thanks, “Carolnothern.” Funny, you should say this. I’ll be blogging about the Holy Spirit always being with us next week.

  • Bill Reeves

    This blog got me thinking. lot of people deal with the ordinary. I have been taking a closer look and noticing he blessings that come each day and being mindful of them. I look forward to work in a highschool because each day with God’s help I can help a kid. Outcome kids know I am there to help them and they want to be there too. Simple but has really changed my attitude. Recall a book years ago, by Francis Schaeffer, “No little people”.

    • This is a perfect application of the “God working in the ordinary” principle. Thank you, Bill, for modeling God’s love to those kids each day!

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  • John

    Excellent words… perfect timing. Perfect.

    • I’m so glad, John. I’m so glad. Our God is amazing in His efforts to encourage a listening ear.

  • Colleen Thompson

    Wayne, How is it that such truths hit at the perfect time; perhaps the hand of God. Thanks for the insight and for the wisdom. Colleen

    • It’s possible, Colleen, that it’s always the right time to hear God’s urging to stay faithful in the little things. At least, for me! Thanks.

  • Brian Dobler

    Great piece, Wayne! When I meditate on and read of the sovereignty and providence of God in the Word it not only helps me get through the ordinary days of life, but triumph in them. Some connections and days can seem so insignificant….and then KABOOM! He will give me a glimpse of His workings.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, Brian! Most ordinary days start out quite the opposite. How essential then, that each day we stay faithful. God bless you, brother.