I was first drawn to this book when my Bible study leader read an excerpt to my small group (Thanks for being you, Lisa). In this book, Warren highlights various aspects of normal, routine, and sometimes monotonous day to day life, like washing dishes and getting enough sleep at night. She exposes how we in Western Christianity have often teased apart the boring aspects of our lives from our Spiritual lives, interjecting that the two- the boring and the intentional are critically interwoven to form our holistic beings.
God says this is my beloved Son in who I am well pleased before Jesus had done anything but lived an ordinary life.
Warren emphasizes the ways in which Jesus, too, took part in the normalcies of our earthly life, like eating dinner with friends and learning a trade. Jesus cleaned up after his siblings, felt thirsty, and needed to use the restroom.
In her own journey of seeing the sacred in the ordinary, Warren began to see the presence of God infiltrated in her every day life. She began making her bed every morning as a practice of His presence. A normal chore that is routine for many was the means by which she was reminded of her call in the Kingdom to create order, imaging God in a fallen and disordered world.
Ever so refreshingly for my Millennial soul, the author writes of how each and every one of us want to change the world, but what we are first called to is the ordinary, rote, and mundane in front of us.
Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes
God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are.
As we are in the season of Lent, I enjoyed her anecdote of struggling to identify what to give up for Lent one year. She was raising a newborn child while shepherding her own church congregation. She spoke with a mentor who encouraged her that all of her life was sacrificing, nudging her to practice pleasure and enjoyment of the goodness of God. Through this practice she came to see and know God in beautiful ways through a weekly trip to a coffee shop.
Warren highlights the sacredness of soup, sleep, and slowly sipping a cup of coffee, demonstrating that these facets of our lives no mater how ordinary or plain are integrally shaping as as spiritual beings nonetheless.
After reading Liturgy of the Ordinary, I decided to share a little bit of my ordinary by sharing one of my most ordinary recipes.