36 Hope Expands: Hiddenness

36hopeexpands(36 Hope Expands. A series of 36 ways to expand compassion in our daily lives.)

The largest part of Jesus’ life was hidden. Henri J.M. Nouwen

If we want to follow Jesus by words and deeds in the service of his Kingdom, we must first of all strive to follow Jesus in his simple, unspectacular, and very ordinary hidden life.


Our ordinary moments can be so hard. They outweigh the spectacular, by ALOT.

We live hidden lives, our best moments are often not witnessed… except they are. He sees every one, especially those done out of love in hiddenness. Ever feel unnoticed, unappreciated, unknown? It is painful. I promise you He knows. He sees. He loves you for your simple, unspectacular, ordinary, hidden. That makes my hope expand.

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I want to fill my ordinary with God.

Four little, applicable steps I took this week:

1. I downloaded the free CharityMiles App. You can walk, run, or bike. You can also do it with the kids and have them help pick the organization you give to.

2. We also tried Donate a Photo. Another great family activity… you simply take a picture and Johnson and Johnson donates daily to a cause of your choice.

3. I also started using RecycleBank. You can earn points to redeem. What I love about it is that you learn green tips and information.

4. In those ugly moments of feeling completely exhausted of my ordinary… I am trying to remember that showing up is an act of faith. Read this article about just that by Amy Sullivan


I pray for you and encourage you. We can do a million acts of justice, kindness, and good… but the most obedient and beautiful is probably the simplest.

Showing up for God in hiddenness.

What little things do you do to give back, that take just a moment in your day? How do you feel about obedience in the ordinary?  


7 thoughts on “36 Hope Expands: Hiddenness

  1. “Showing up is an act of faith”. I like the sound of that, especially now, today, with our school year winding up, Christmas looming and me dragging around my tired body with dead lines and to do lists in front of me. I will have to read Amy’s article. Our Christian radio station is having an appeal as we speak. I could pop over to their website now and donate. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:07:26 +0000 To: rps_diane@hotmail.com

  2. So true. We adopted a theme word to start this year – “visible” – because we felt our offerings were undervalued and lost. We were wrong. Being loud made no difference. Our ordinary and sincere contributions are, in fact, the bedrock of our being and the difference maker in our community. Like the small oak tree we strategically planted years ago and whose fall colors now fill our home’s windows, our sincere efforts, however small, will effect the work of the Holy.

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