...do it all for the glory of God. (1Corinthians 10:31)
Tim Chester's little book, The Everyday Gospel, is only 47 pages long, and can be read in under an hour.
If you want a summary, Chester's thesis is that there is no sacred/secular divide in life (Part 7), and that we should enjoy all the everyday tasks we're set to for God's glory, regardless of whether we feel they are "religious" or not.
His concluding statement explains this: "Anywhere and any time can be holy. Your kitchen sink can be a holy place if you offer up your washing of the dishes to God as a sacrifice of praise, sharing his delight in creation (Part 2) and serving others in love (Part 3)"
He also devotes 2 parts (4 and 5) to the dangers of legalism, working Too hard, and working for the wrong reasons. He even suggests that sometimes, its best not to work when instead we can leave the work to other people in order to have conversation with those who might need it. The key here is discernment for what is appropriate.
Whilst this is subtitled "A theology of washing the dishes", Chester is here simply taking dishwashing as a standard "everyday" task that some people find tiresome, boring, hard work etc. If this isn't you, don't worry - simply replace washing up with doing the ironing, mowing the lawn, doing your homework - his message is the same!
His concluding part (8) "Everyday Mission" puts his preceding thesis into action - "The Gospel is not just for Sundays", but something that we must live out daily, in the "religious" things we do as well as the more mundane. As we live with such a frame of mind, everything we do, by our attitudes, can be turned as an opportunity for sharing our faith with others through the way we live.
Well worth a read, at a cheap price; I read it as part of a University Christian Union book reading group, so it can be discussed in a small group setting too.