The name of this blog was inspired by two works that along with Scripture have changed my life: Douglas Wilson’s book, My Life For Yours, and Thomas Howard’s book, Splendor in the Ordinary.
“Is it not a picture in ordinary terms of what families are all about; namely, that these few people, thrust together and bound by the odd ties of flesh and blood, are given the chance to begin to learn the one big lesson that all men are given to learn–the lesson of charity? That is, we were made for love, we are commanded to love, and since it doesn’t come naturally to us, we have to learn to love. The family situation is, as it were, the elementary schoolroom where we start learning in small, easy, and natural ways to love–that is, to discover that self-giving, freedom, and joy are all one thing.” Splendor in the Ordinary, Thomas Howard
In the forward of his book My Life For Yours Douglas Wilson asks:
“How does life in each room of your home manifest the Gospel?
The Christian gospel isn’t just a spiritual reality. The Word became flesh and bone, and the gospel becomes our porch, dining room, bedroom, and kitchen. The driving desire of the gospel is “my life for yours.”
Our desire should be to have this love transform everything we do, room by room. This book works its way through every part of the house, examining each part in light of Scripture. The claims of God are always total, and this is evident on the doorposts and in a sink full of dishes. Household questions should always begin with, “Is this my life for yours?”
Wilson goes on to say that living the gospel means our “theology comes out our fingertips”. As Christians, we are to show the beauty of love, the beauty of Christ, and the holiness of God to a lost and dying world in everyday ordinary ways as worship unto the Lord.
“As Christians, we can offer things up in acts of consecration and praise. This is what lifts those things from the heap of mere ordinariness and makes them extraordinary. They are ordinary things, of course, like eating and drinking and working and playing and bread and wine; but it is the ordinary stuff lifted up which is holy…Holy things are ordinary things perceived in their true light, that is, bearers of the divine mysteries and glory to us. Looked at this way, eating becomes Eucharistic, and working becomes the opus dei (“Work of God”), and loving becomes an image of the City of God. It is our task in [our home] to take these ordinary things and by lifting them in oblation, to hallow them to the service for which they were given to us here, which was to bring us to the habitation of God, where we are set free to live in the splendor where eating and drinking and working and playing are known for what they really are: forms of perpetual worship. . .” Splendor in the Ordinary, Thomas Howard