When life is mundane
On a day-to-day basis, our lives generally revolve around the same schedule, the same tasks, the same people and the same circumstances. Whether it’s tackling homework assignment after homework assignment, picking up after the kids, or working the usual 9 to 5, life can be very mundane.
While God doesn’t require us to summit a new mountain peak every week in order to deem our lives valuable for His service, getting lost in the mundaneness of life can make our minds numb to it—especially if the mundaneness of our lives revolves around stress.
As a collegiate student athlete, my life feels mundane because I have nearly every second of it planned out. I wake up and begin an exhausting cycle of doing homework, going to class and swim practice, eating meals somewhere in between, and falling back to sleep just to do it all over again the next day. Because my schedule is so intense, I find myself making the excuse that I’m just too busy to take time out of my day in order to serve other people. God has called me to do all of these things, I think to myself, so of course He’s okay with me running around with tunnel vision in order to get it all done. But this is a terribly selfish and soul-draining way to live life.
How to subtly serve others
Subtle acts of service are something that I learned by having other people do for me. They are simple, easy, and very effective ways of stepping out of your mundane, tunnel-vision day and getting back in touch with the work your Heavenly Father is doing all around you.
Subtle service is as easy as opening your eyes to the world around you. When you’re in line for coffee at the beginning of your day, see if there is someone behind you whose coffee you could pay for. When you’re at lunch, look around to see if someone is eating by himself or herself, or let someone go in front of you in line at the salad bar. At practice, take the time to refill your teammate’s water bottle and offer some extra encouraging words to them. All of these things are ways to subtly serve the people around you, even when it seems you barely have time to serve yourself.
The joy of being subtly served
As someone who has been on the receiving end of subtle acts of service, I can personally attest to how powerful they actually are. Ever heard the phrase, “It’s the little things in life that mean the most?” Well, it’s true.
The best part about subtle acts of service is that they are contagious. When someone serves me, I begin to desire to serve other people, mostly because I want to spread the joy and thankfulness that I experience from being served. And, when I do a subtle act of service for another person, it usually makes me want to keep serving people even more.
God has called us to serve one another (Hebrews 6:10, Galatians 5:13, John 12:26). Yet, this call doesn’t disappear when our lives become mundane and stressful. Keep your heart open to the work that God is seeking to accomplish through you this week by looking for subtle ways that you can serve and bless those around you throughout your day.