“Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is. Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal—the utterly mean grubby things; and when we come in contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually real. Read John 13. We see there the Incarnate God doing the most desperate piece of drudgery, washing fishermen’s feet … Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different.” —Oswald Chambers, My Upmost for His Highest
Today I will serve Cheerios, wash dishes, put up pigtails and run to the store. I might even clean a bathroom and do a load or two of laundry. In between all that, I’ll do the ordinary, non-glamorous and non-ideal tasks of running a business.
But if a King could wash fishermen’s feet—and so utterly change the thing with his dignity and devotion—so can I.
To my friends who are neck deep in the mundane with me today, may we wash today’s feet with grace.
Because hidden in the commonplace, we just might discover the hallowed.