Are You Working Hard or Hardly Working?
There are days when I just do not want to wash another dishes, load another load of laundry or mop another floor…and I don’t. However when a week goes by and I still don’t FEEL LIKE caring for my home then there is a problem.
Psalm 6:6-10 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
What happens when I decide to take an extended vacation from my daily work?
* A healthy and nutritious meal is not prepared for my family.
* I get overwhelmed trying to plan and cook a meal right at 5pm
* We don’t have clean clothes for school, church, work and outings
* I get overwhelmed because the shirt I need for church is dirty.
* The house becomes filthy.
* I get overwhelmed by all the work that has accumulated.
Proverbs 31:27 “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness”.
God ordained my role as a home maker. For this reason, I am careful not to allow my time of resting from work to become laziness. My rest is scheduled after my work is done. I’m equally mindful of the time that I spend online and watching television. I schedule my computer time after I have educated my children and cared for my home. By actively seeking out those things that pull my focus away from my priorities I am able to be a better steward of my time and energy.
If I’ve experienced a day where I go to bed with the house in shambles, I evaluate how I spent my time all day. If I was hardly working then I make a conscious effort to remain focused the next day. I do this by praying first thing in the morning for God to guard my heart, mind and desires against distractions. Before I write anything on my To-Do list I ask God to direct my agenda. I have learned not to take the lazy road out. It seems like the easy way at the moment but it always brings me grief in the long run. When I think about the joy I feel from ending the day with a clean home, I am motivated to get to work. I meditate on the joy I get from a job well done and am encouraged to remain focused during my days.
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”.
Find some things that bring you joy at home. It may be your husbands smile when he sees the bed made. It may be the pleasure of seeing how handsome he looks in the clothes that you ironed for him. Maybe it’s your children’s compliments on a delicious dinner. What ever it is draw from that to help motivate you throughout the day. Finally, let your motivation come from knowing that you are being a good steward over the family and things that the Lord has given you.
Quotes concerning work
“No man ere was glorious who was not laborious.”
“Trouble springs from idleness, toil from ease.”
“Work is only hard to those who hardly work”
“Salt from the sweat of work preserves the soul.”
“The deepest sleep and the greatest rest comes to those who work the hardest.”
“Work with complaining lasts for hours, while cheerful labor passes in minutes.”
“Bitter to taste is the fruit of the sluggard, and his children eat it daily.”
“To master the art of work is to master the art of life.”
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