And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
I am sick of laundry, dirty dishes and filthy floors.
I am the mom, not the maid!
Have you ever felt that way? As a mom of many, I must admit I get to this point more often than I care to admit. A few years ago I was struggling with feeling unappreciated. As I was pouring my heart out to God, I was led to ask a probing question.
Why do I do all of this?
The first answer was really simple: because if I don’t nobody will. As I thought deeper about my motives I finally came to the point of realizing I do the grunt work because I love my family and this is my way of showing them. There still needs to be help on their part. But each time I fold a shirt for my husband, it is my way of serving him with love. As I wash and fold towels or dry a dish it is my way of saying, I love you and value you.
Jesus showed us the true path of love as He chose to wash His disciples feet. He took the towel. He wiped away the dirt and grime from their day of travel by foot. My jobs as a wife and mother have changed little over the years, but my heart attitude has. Instead of seeing myself as a maid, now I see myself as a steward who chooses daily to pour my love out on my family through a warm meal and a clean home.
Please pray for your own attitude toward the mundane and ordinary things that you must do. Ask God to help you see it as ministry, not misery. Pray for other moms that they too would see their home as a place of ministry.