This invitation doesn’t mean neglecting the daily habits that God presents as opportunities to live out our faith. We can find deep contentment in our ordinary lives, and we can also seek opportunities to radically welcome others in.
While that spider and my mild arachnophobia did give me chronic discomfort, my discomfort also made me hyper-aware of my surroundings. And, strangely, that’s where my gratitude for spiders comes in.
When I’m asked what I do for a job my initial thought is, “Well, I do life, like everybody else. I just like to write about it before I go to bed.” But I know this job is more complicated than that.