For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 (NIV)

My son recently lamented that each school day was the same, and that he even had the same thing for lunch and snacks each day.

His complaints reminded me of some books and magazines I’d read as a child, where there would be two pictures side by side, and each picture was subtly different than the one next to it. If you studied each one carefully, you’d spot all the differences between the pictures.

Life can often be like that, where we get mired in routine, and forget to spot the meaningful differences, because we lose our focus on the One who provided all of it to us.

I did my best to help my son see God in the details: He made the very ingredients that made the food we eat. He made the people who grew and prepared the ingredients. He gave the jobs and all the blessings of having work to his teachers and principal. God uses teachers to prepare him to be an adult. And though every day may seem the same, the details of the work we’re assigned is different, and preparing us to handle bigger changes as we get older. And God even uses the structure of routine to help us learn to organize all the information coming at us each day!

But most of all, the biggest difference we have as believers is that we live a victorious life that was hard won by Jesus…and without it, we would not be in His presence once we leave this world. With that perspective, we can gratefully live every day, hour, and moment for Him.

We can choose to see everything but God, or see God in everything.

Today’s soundtrack

“Everything” by TobyMac reminds us that He’s in every little thing.