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You’ve heard that one can be “so heavenly-minded that he is no earthly good”. I, on the other hand, feel that I spend so much time being some “earthly good” that I don’t get to spend much time being “heavenly-minded”.

I often mourn that my season of life doesn’t allow for much heavenly-mindedness. There is precious little quiet-time for reflective prayer and studying scriptures. And my “earthly good” of laundry, diapers, cooking, cleaning, teaching, and disciplining feels like a shabby offering–a bit dusty and wrinkled, spotted with sticky little fingerprints.

What then, if I can find my heavenly-mindedness within my earthly good? Suddenly my daily grind becomes holy–the means of drawing me into His presence.

God is often found in paradoxes, isn’t He? This is where I’m seeking Him this Advent season–searching out the divine in the ordinary.

This is what it means to watch. We have to begin with what we can see. Then there will come times when we are allowed to watch in higher things. If you look for the truth in small matters you will not go astray in big ones. You will be able to recognize truth there and carry out the command that comes…If you always try to be heavenly and spiritually minded, you won’t understand the everyday work God has for you to do. But if you embrace what is to come from God, if you live for Christ’s coming in practical life, you will learn that divine things can be experienced here and now, things quite different from what our human brains can ever imagine.

Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt ,  Action in Waiting

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