Daily Chores and Dirty Dishes

Where no oxen are, the trough is clean;
But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

(Proverbs 14:4)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for providing so richly for us. Forgive us, O God, we pray, whenever we grumble. Reach out, precious Jesus. Change our minds for good, and touch our hearts and lives. Make us joyful, O LORD, and help us to do our daily jobs cheerfully and for You and not for man. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Delight In Housework?

One woman will call working at home a blessing, while another one will hate it. There is the one who makes the effort to seek fine ingredients and materials, buys them, and transfers them into beautiful and tasty things. She will not only willingly work with her hands (see Proverbs 31:13 NKJV), but she does so with delight. 

What comes to your mind while you are looking at today’s daily dishes piling up in your kitchen? The work ahead of you? Do your thoughts revolve around the time you will have to invest? Will you see beyond the effort needed to rinse and wash the dishes (or load and unload the dishwasher) and be able to willingly think of gratefulness? 

Are you serious? Thankful while cleaning dirty dishes? Yes! As Jay E. Adams mentions in his book Christian Living in the Home, we can choose to be “thankful for the food that dirties the dishes.” 

Wow! Have you ever seen dirty dishes in that kind of light? 

Are you a young mother? How many dirty diapers do you have to change daily? Do you delight in changing them? Hm… Honestly? What about the creative writings on your wall or the drawings on your freshly cleaned carpet? How about the dirty fingerprints on the sparkling white handrail? 

Let’s get back to today’s verse:

Where no oxen are, the trough is clean;
But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

(Proverbs 14:4)

Hardly any of you will still have a stable and keep an ox in today’s world. So what does this verse have to do with the stay at home mom or homemaker? Let me explain…  

Whenever I’m reading this verse, I’m thinking of how easy it can be to keep a house clean if there are no more small children, no more husband, and no other person living alongside myself. Would I, would you want that, though? 

Praise the LORD for giving you
a family,
a home,
and the strength to look after them today. 

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