No one wants to do the dishes ...

"A sign hangs on the wall in a New Monastic Christian community house:

'Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes.'

I was, and remain, a Christian who longs for revolution, for things to be made new and whole in beautiful and big ways.

But what I am slowly seeing is that you can't get to the revolution without learning to do the dishes.

The kind of spiritual life and disciplines needed to sustain the Christian life are quiet, repetitive, and ordinary.

I often want to skip the boring, daily stuff to get to the thrill of an edgy faith.

But it's in the dailiness of the Christian faith - the making the bed, the doing the dishes, the praying for our enemies, the reading the Bible, the quiet, the small --

that God's transformation takes root and grows."

(Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary)

Tags: Sabbath Rhythm, Developing a Rule of Life