Ask most women in this current generation if they do enjoy doing house chores. The most probable answer would be a red marked NO. No with an attitude.
I mean, WE would rather keep our nails long, avoid dirt, avoid the tedious task of folding in our clothes, sit pretty and be served. Of course, who wouldn’t such exemptions?
For most of us, house chores are our nemesis. House chores are menial tasks – we say.
We would rather be out there discovering, defending, saluting, writing and managing anything and everyone else. Basically, anything that stirs our intellect and doesn’t leave us feeling like a wet worn out rag.
We naturally don’t get our jollies stirred by scrubbing the toilet or cleaning up after everyone- or do you?
To put my point across clearly, am not stamping that our significance is tied up at home. That you are doomed if you don’t like doing house chores.
Personally, I do adopt anything and everything that would make my house chores easier.
So, far from it.
What am saying is that, we can do better in what the Lord has tasked us – chores and anything else- by simply shifting our perspective and focus.
The only way to do this, is to find our significance at home through the lenses of Christ, as we are doing those tasks we term as menial
You and I should know that there is an eternal significance in the mundane.
As I contemplate on this, I remember the Proverbs 31 woman. My heart is so challenged since her tasks are purely nothing but the mundane
For most of us, the focus on the Proverbs 31 woman has always been what she does. She wakes up in the wee hours, apportions her meals to her maids, does business, makes clothes for her family.
However, i have come to realize that you can do all on your to do list but begrudgingly.
It doesn’t take a full research to see that this woman, not only was she checking off her to do list, but her attitude was different.
That’s what makes her noble. She’not just serving her children, her husband, her maids just because she’s a wife – but her attitude tells me that she knows the eternal significance in what she’s doing.
She is honorable, virtuous, judicious, strong, admirable and loved. All these virtues were not acquired because she had a great brain, or her entrepreneurship skills were decked right.
All these virtues were birthed from knowing that no matter how mundane or menial a task is, the Lord is well able to influence the generations to come with it.
Our mindset however, needs to be renewed. Not just a change, a whole transformation.
We need to know that those tasks done, don’t dictate our purpose, but they do shape our outlook and the outlook of them that watch us, especially our children.
Here is how we shift our perspective to find joy in the mundane: by reminding ourselves that there is eternal significance in serving our family and serving others.
We have the humbling opportunity to live out God’s glory through our daily duties. We can say to ourselves, “I am a servant of Christ and I am tasked with serving my family by folding socks, cleaning up, ironing, sweeping, changing another diaper – today for His glory.”
THE LORD IS ALWAYS THE AUDIENCE AT HOME.
… and if the little ones see their momma rejoicing in the mundane, then they will experience a spiritual paradigm shift, and learn that it’s a great gift serving out of a genuine heart, and there in lies true happiness.
God hasn’t called us homemakers by mistake, and it’s not tied to simply doing house chores- but it’s all in the attitude we ooze while at it. More so, our attitude in those tasks that we categorize as “too low” or “too much” for us.
We have a great teacher in Jesus Christ.
Today, believe that caring for your family has an eternal significance.
Attitude will determine to a great extent, the freedom of your servitude spirit.