“You already know life is sacred. You know the moments count. You know that most of the tasks on your to-do lists aren’t all that important in the scheme of things.
The constant buzzing inside your soul won’t seem to quit….
You know you need to slow and savor, but you’re waiting until you finish this project or have that conversation or meet those people or achieve that success or finalize those decisions or get things organized….
As I watch the world move fast around me, I’m unsettled with all the ways I’ve adopted her pace.”
Page 2 of her Introduction, and I’m already sucked in. Emily Freeman’s book Simply Tuesday is one for all of us who feel the pressures of keeping up with this world and who in turn end up feeling tired, insignificant, and incapable of building a life that counts. You see, we are taught to dream big, but sometimes we interpret that as meaning we must be the most creative or stand out in the crowd or get the most social media followers. Even Christians fall into this trap instead of focusing on the small moments that are right in front of our eyes, moments that don’t necessarily promise big outcomes.
Tuesday represents the ordinary, the mounting to-do list that contains nothing special. Tuesday may represent comfort, but it can also represent a restless feeling that we haven’t quite arrived at our ultimate purpose, and we become convinced that the thirst will not be quenched until we do the next big thing.
The problem with that? Emily spells it out very well:
“If the home where we live on Tuesday doesn’t satisfy, we’ll find ourselves always searching but never quite finding.
If the work we do on Tuesday doesn’t feel important, we’ll find ourselves slaves to comparison, forgetting compassion.
If the people we live our lives with now aren’t sacred companions for us, we’ll find ourselves competing with everyone and connecting with no one.
If our souls long for more and bigger and refuse the Tuesday way, how will we ever fully share in the life of Christ who became less and arrived small?”
I can identify with the feeling of needing to do more and stand out more in order to make a bigger difference. Needless to say, I couldn’t put this book down because I knew it would contain the soul-quenching reminders that I am guilty of forgetting.
Emily’s suggestion for combatting these restless, fruitless feelings: remembering our smallness. That doesn’t sound appealing at first, but she illustrates its importance and the difference it can make.
Emily describes the way of the mustard seed and how this tiny seed can grow at an incredible rate and in places I would never expect it to grow. The problem is, I selfishly want to see the growth, to the point where I rely on the fruit to be my sole motivation for planting more seeds, for doing more Kingdom work.
“Healthy things grow, but they may not grow at the rate, in the way, or in the timing I want. And the growth may be so small we never see visible progress in our lifetime,…or so unexpected that we don’t realize what God is doing because it looks so different than we thought it would. Without realizing it…we equate growth and size with God and favor, never stopping to consider the invisible kingdom we walk around in, the kind that starts as a mustard seed and grows whatever way it wants to…”
Emily gives practical advice on how to find joy and purpose in the midst of the simple, seemingly small moments. You will walk away from this book with a fresh perspective of your own life and a new desire to plant seeds in the ordinary times, trusting that God will expand His kingdom through your faithfulness.
Finally, the quote that sums up everything:
“Could it be possible we have it wrong? Maybe success isn’t in believing I can do anything but in knowing I can do nothing.”
Amen, sister Emily. Thank you for embracing your smallness and trusting God with your words!
Friends, I am going to give away 2 copies of this book because I like it so much. If you want one, leave a comment below telling me that you’d like one. If there are more than 2, I will draw names. I would love to hear what you think of it after you’re finished!
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