Ordinary Work is Filled With Glory

In her new book, Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God, Courtney Reissig reminds readers the importance of all work, not just compensated, nine-to-five office hours. Instead, she argues the work of the home holds just as much dignity and worth as other jobs, with a particular opportunity to love one’s neighbors who live in close proximity to us: those within the home.

Many voices often infiltrate into the home, inflicting guilt, shame, and a continual fear of not measuring up to standards set by others. Those who work within the home — often stay-at-home moms — struggle with feelings of inferiority and doubt that their work really matters. Reissig explores how all work matters to God, is essential for human flourishing, and how it serves our neighbors whether it’s through an office job or the daily tasks of washing laundry, feeding children, and helping with algebra homework.

Glory in the Ordinary includes eight chapters that Reissig uses to explore the history of work within and outside the home, the need for community in raising a family and keeping place, and the eternal significance of faithfulness in our work. Each chapter includes practical applications and stories from at-home workers who share the struggles and joys of working within the home in various seasons of life.

One thing Reissig emphasizes is how the work of the home is an outworking of Jesus’ command to love our neighbor. She writes that “Our Christian subculture emphasizes loving our neighbor, which is good, but we often forget that we have neighbors living in close proximity to us. If our at-home work is a way we love God by loving others, then we love God by loving the other people under our roof whom God has given us.”

In addition to loving their neighbor through serving and providing for them, Reissig writes that at-home workers also love their neighbors through rest. “Without the demands of life and work, we aren’t blinded to the people in front of us,” she writes. “Rest gives us the chance to value the people we labor for on a daily basis.”

This book is a great resource for anyone who works at home or serves at-home workers. Pastors, stay-at-home parents, and others will benefit from Reissig’s encouragement and biblical view of all work reflecting our worker God.

Reissig concludes the book with an encouraging word to all at-home workers, reminding them their work matters for something bigger than themselves.

“Your work might be ordinary, but it’s filled with glory,” she writes. “Your work might be mundane, but it’s taking you somewhere. Your work might be born out of blood, sweat, and tears (literally), but it’s producing life in others for people who have eternity in front of them. It’s good work. It’s meaningful work. And it matters to God.”

Read Reissig’s recent article on our website, Why hidden work matters to God.

Topics: Family, Meaning in Our Work

About the Author

RuthAnne Jenkins serves as the managing editor for Made to Flourish. She's from Louisville, Kentucky, but now enjoys living in the midwest. She earned a humanities and ESL degree in college and spent several years working for various organizations as an editor and writer before joining Made to Flourish. She works to provide our network with content through the website, books, Common Good magazine, and other resources. You'll almost always find Mary Oliver poetry collections, books about Louisa May Alcott and E.B. White, and journals on her coffee table. She and her husband, Bryan, live in Kansas City.