“Housework is something you do that nobody notices – unless you don’t.”
I haven’t come across much about housework in the Bible, except, of course, Proverbs 31 and I’ve already written a blog post about that!
I have no great love for housework but I do it anyway. I try to find ways to distract my mind while I do it – listening to audio books worked well for me but I haven’t found any new ones that appeal to me on Libby recently. A friend told me she listens to sermons and podcasts and that is working well for me at the moment.
Recently I’ve had a glimpse of a different view on housework.
When we bought our youngest son his first “real” cricket bat, he cherished it. He oiled it with linseed oil. He hung a cricket ball in an old sock from the washing line and spent hours “knocking in” his bat. We were thrilled that he was taking such good care of the gift we had given him.
At the other extreme, imagine if we bought our grandson a brand new bike and we found he had left it out in the rain in a muddy puddle. We would feel very sad that he didn’t value or appreciate the gift we had given him. We would think carefully about future gifts.
God is our loving Father. He delights to give us good gifts. I know without a shadow of a doubt that the house we now live in, is a gift from our Father. I know He would smile if He saw me taking good care of it and keeping it looking nice. Housework is the way I would do that. This new insight is not going to turn me from an untidy person into a tidy one but it might give me a bit more motivation to do housework with a thankful heart.
This principle does not only apply to houses and dwellings, but to all God’s gifts:- the talents He has given us, the job or occupation He has provided for us, our spouse, the children He has blessed us with, our wonderful bodies; the list is endless.
“Every good gift and every prefect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)
Thank You, Father, for all the wonderful gifts You have given me. May I never take them for granted, but cherish them and take care of them in a way that would make You smile. May I do everything, even housework, as unto You. Amen.