“The washer is open,” my husband says as he carries a basket of his clean clothes to fold and put away. “Ouch.” Yes, that was a painful stabbing reminder of my dreaded foe… laundry. It never ends. It’s never done. There’s never anywhere to put it. Why did he have to remind me that the responsibility was yet again knocking on my unwilling spirit?
Maybe it’s not laundry for you. Maybe it’s dusting… moving all the little picture frames and trinkets to wipe down the furniture hiding underneath. Maybe it’s cooking… the cupboards are full but you have nothing to fix. Maybe it starts before the day even begins as you dread the climb out of your warm, soft bed to face the cold air and daily challenges. Whatever it is, you also have a dreaded foe…some mundane task that sucks the life from your otherwise joyful disposition.
“She is energetic and strong, a hard worker… She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness” (Proverbs 31:17, 27). “Ouch!” Yes, that was another painful stabbing reminder but this one from God. Energetic? Strong? Hard worker? Suffering nothing from laziness? Really?!! That is not the way I would describe myself when the laundry pile is growing more and more ominous.
So how am I going to defeat my foe today? Hire a washer woman? I wish. No, I’m going to have to change my heart.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col. 3:23).
Even the dreaded mundane tasks that weigh us down can be done “as working for the Lord.” Women who serve others for God give Him some major glory. A few of the women scripture tells us about did just that: Tabitha (Acts 9), Phoebe (Rom.16), Lois and Eunice (2 Tim.1).
So today when we are tempted to see our work as mundane, let’s allow God to change our heart. Let’s look at our work as an opportunity to serve Him. Today, let the work of our hands give glory to an awesome God.