I had a brilliant start to my day at a beautiful local cafe – Esher St Cafe & Deli; fantastic food, terrific coffee and brilliant company! A few of my lady friends got together to read our Bibles, which is always a great way to begin the day. Israel and Sophie ate their food happily; Israel was especially elated when he received a large pink marshmallow with his baby chino.
As I read my Bible something stood out to me in 1 Corinthians 11:26 (msg)
You must never let familiarity breed contempt.
It made me think back to the night before when I was carrying my children up from the car at midnight to their beds and I was just so thankful in that moment for the privilege of being their Mum. There have been many similar moments where I have allowed the familiarity of this task – late at night, exhausted, carrying my sleeping children to their beds to breed contempt. Especially when I’ve done it alone. Yet last night I found privilege in the mundane.
Life is full of mundane moments and yet it’s often the small consistent steps of the mundane that produces the outcomes we are hoping for. If we allow familiarity to steal our joy, to rob our gratitude in the everyday moments, consistency falters and outcomes fall short.
Recently I watched a scenario unfold where I saw a Mother put down her grown-up daughter a number of times in a group setting. I’m sure she wasn’t even aware she was doing it and I was reminded to watch how I speak to my loved ones. When our guards are down because we are comfortable, we can often allow that to influence our filter. Let’s not allow familiarity to breed contempt towards our loved ones. Let’s tell them they are loved with our words, let’s show them they are loved with our actions.
It’s the everyday moments that matter – what do you choose to do with yours?