The Deadening Dailiness of Details


Why do you do what you do? Is it what God has called you to do?

A few months ago, my creative boss asked me and a few other employees to spend twenty minutes or less writing a poem about why we do what we do.

I groaned.

What working girl has time to write poetry when her inbox is spilling over with emails and deadlines? Besides, my last attempt at poetry wasn’t pretty (although it was memorable!):

A man was in a mine
He tripped on a vine
He really quick got up
And tried to find his cup....

But my boss said it didn’t have to be perfect, so I just wrote from my heart. 

And when I finished, I was surprised and grateful for the exercise. Because most days the deadening dailyness of details clouds my vision and I forget.

But yes, that’s right! This is why I do what I do:  

Most days I drag myself out of bed
   grab an apple on the run
   lower my shoulder to the Mac
   and grit my way through email
   and space dot space dot space dot ellipsis
   their faces gray and unformed and far away.

But on occasional days
   I see them
   Ann locked up in bitter prisons of the heart
   Jenny searching desperately for soul rest
   Aisha wrapped in hijab, eyes blinded, serving a dead god
   their faces soft and flushed and hungry.

And I wonder at this high calling
   serving the WORD with each word
   that, if Spirit-drenched, can point to Him
   whose face is bloodied and tear streaked and warm
   carrying all their sins and griefs and sorrows
   if only they will let Him.

Why do you do what you do? Think about it. You’ll be glad you did!

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