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Housework

“Housework is something you do that nobody notices – unless you don’t.”

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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)

My Prayer

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.

Fishermen

We have a beautiful view of the sea from the Beach House where we are staying. The dominant features at the moment are fishermen. The fishermen I’ve always thought about from the bible were the kind who go out in fishing boats, cast out their nets, drag the nets behind the boat to the beach and then haul in the catch. The stories of Jesus make me think of large catches but sometimes they also fished all night and caught nothing.

The fishermen in our view use rods, and then there are various skill levels. Over the weekend, there were crowds, including families where older men demonstrated the art of patience to the teenagers who tended to cast a line into the sea, haul it in, throw it out again and after about three attempts pack up and move to another area.

Today there seems to be a group of professionals. They’ve been here since before sunrise. I’ve watched some of them pull out three or four fish on one line.

Yesterday I was wondering what my main calling was. I think the point is, it’s not necessarily what we do but the attitude in which we do it that pleases God.

Colossians 3:23 says:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

Whether a fisherman is fishing for fun on the weekend, to provide food for his family or to sell, if he does it as unto the Lord, he will receive a reward from the Lord. If I involve Jesus in everything I do, even cooking or housework, and work as unto Him, I don’t need to stress about whether I should be writing or doing ministry or anything else. I merely need to stay close to Him and attuned to His leading.

In our fellowship group we are working through a series called Fruitfulness on the Frontline by Mark Greene. He pointed out in session three that God only made humans on the sixth day. He spent the other five preparing for man. He created order, made provision, brought joy and beauty and released potential. If what we do works towards any of those outcomes, we are doing God’s work.

Lord, whatever I do, be it large or infinitesimal, easy or difficult, may I dedicate it to you and work as unto you. Thank you. Amen.