Normally a homemaking post here on Growing In His Grace demonstrates an actual skill that I use to take care of or provide for my family. However, in our quest to keep Christ the center of this season–I though I’d share with you one small way to keep Him the center of our homemaking.
How do I keep Christ the center of my homemaking? My laundry? My cooking? My washing dishes? My folding diapers?
Let me start from the beginning…
I never intended to marry. So when I did, it was a whole new world. I was happy to sweep my husband’s home. Happy to wash his laundry. Happy to cook his meals. Happy to wash his dishes.
Somewhere through the years, housekeeping skills lost their “excitement.” I’m still happy to do them. But they aren’t exactly the highlight of my day.
Am I alone?
I’m guessing I’m not…
On the days I start to feel sorry for myself, or start to feel like I wish someone else would do these chores, one thing I remind myself is what Paul tells us:
whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31b
“Whatever you do” includes dishes, laundry, meals, baths, dusting, mopping, and any other chore I must do to get through the daily grind.
How do I do my chores “to the glory of God”? For starters, complaining and thinking to myself that I wish someone else would do them is not glorifying. It’s downright thankless.
I should be thankful to have dishes to wash. I should be thankful to have a floor to sweep and mop. I should be thankful to have little baby bottoms to put those diapers on.
And really, I am. I really really am. I have lived in countries and villages where I haven’t had any of these things.
So why don’t I act like I’m thankful? That sin sinks in and tries to tell me I “deserve” to have a break. That sin brings out my laziness. It brings out my rationalizing that it’s better to take a nap than fold the towels–even if I slept for 10 hours the night before.
I’m challenging myself and all of you this Advent and Christmas season to do all things for the glory of God–beginning with our homemaking.
Are you stuffing and folding diapers again? What heart would reflect a godly attitude that would be pleasing to our Savior?
Are you shopping and you find the last thing on the shelf but the person next to you wants it just as much as you do? What action would Jesus be pleased that you choose?
Do you have to go shopping again for something you missed? What attitude would reflect to Jesus that you are thankful not only that you live in a country that has grocery stores, but that you in live in one that allows women in public (past curfew?) to go shopping?
In all that you are doing to serve your household right now, do it to the glory of God. Be thankful that you are able to serve. I challenge any of you out there who are like me to purposefully take captive your thoughts–and make them excited all over again for the opportunity to serve.
When we serve God’s children, we serve Him. So if you get frustrated with the busy-ness of the season, don’t forget to sweep and mop for Jesus. Prepare your meals for Jesus. Go shopping for Jesus. And, you guessed it, do your dishes for Jesus.