Listening to the sounds of my sweet baby girl coo and play in her crib and looking around my home at the mountain of dirty dishes in the sink, piles of unfolded laundry needing to be put away, toys littered around the floor; I wonder, how am I going to get it all done? Right now, with the way my back feels and the many thoughts invading my mind space, the bigger question that looms is, do I even care if it does get done.
Yeah…I said it.
Some days I just don’t care.
You see, if perfectly folded laundry and a clean sink were what got me eternal rewards, then I am sure I would really work hard to keep everything in check. But those are most definitely not high on God’s list.
What is high is that I display the right attitude to my family. That I love my children and show them His love. That I clean and work in my home joyfully because it is all service and worship unto Him.
So…when I put it that way…why is it still so hard?
This morning, I heard the shower start as my husband hurriedly got ready for work. He has been working so hard each day at school with children that have huge needs. Then he comes home to work the farm and care for the things that need to be done this Spring. Finally, at night, he sits down for some family time and then he is out like a light. So, when he got ready to jump in the shower and there was no clean washcloth there for him, I heard a bit of a huff come out of his mouth.
You see…his wife didn’t get everything finished yesterday.
For most liberated women, you would say, “well, he can get his own washcloth!” I was that girl too, once.
Now, though, things are different. I want to please my husband. I want to make his life easier, not harder. I want him to enjoy the time he has in our home and part of that involves doing the things I dislike doing.
Folding laundry (and PUTTING IT AWAY…UGH!)
Unloading the dishwasher
Picking up toys
These are those tasks that I literally do daily (I know you Mama’s can relate). I am telling you what, as a Mom and Wife, you get tired of washing and folding the same things each week! Even more than that, you get tired of putting them away!!
So, how do I fight it?
First, I remember these things:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:16-17 (emphasis added)
Then, I take a song break and watch this video:
So, by the time I am done dancing around my living room and laughing at that silly video, my heart is more focused on Jesus and my hands can naturally take on the tasks they have been made for…wiping noses, diapering bottoms, and putting away clothes for the 1 millionth time.