Tucked inside my cramped pantry is a little paper I have taped to the wall. It is a Bible verse I came across that says:
Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as though you were working for your
real master and not merely for humans. It is Christ
your real master, whom you are serving.
-Colossians 3 23-24-
I am in and out of my pantry a million times a day and each time I get something, I take a quick glance at my verse. It used to be only written in pen, but I have since highlighted it as well to make sure I take note of it every time.
When my eldest daughter was an infant, she was a difficult baby. She needed to be held constantly, she cried when she was put down, she didn't like to eat, she didn't like to sleep...you get the picture right? I used to get so frustrated..so frustrated...because her "behavior" was getting in the way of me becoming the mother I wanted to be. Sounds ridiculous huh? It wasn't ridiculous to me at the time though. I resented the fact that I had a "difficult" baby, I did not enjoy her personality at the time because it didn't fit into the way I wanted things to be.
Then someone told me something that changed things for me. When my daughter was particularly difficult and waking up every 1.5 hours a night..someone told me to imagine that it was baby Jesus I was holding. Imagine rocking and consoling baby Jesus in my arms.
I did just that.
And things changed.
Flash forward five years and two kids later, I find myself needing the same reminder.
This week I have been off my game. My lesson plans are not done, my laundry is behind, my house is messy and we have eaten out a little more than I would like to. I have been feeling like I am missing the joy that can come from keeping a home. Instead of seeing many tasks I can offer to the Lord, I am seeing mundane chores that I feel to lazy to tackle. Instead of seeing opportunities to teach my children how to be holy, I am seeing children who are testing my last nerve.
A trip to my pantry is in order.
I think this Bible verse is going to be my verse for the year. I can see how easily I can become burnt out and overwhelmed when I'm missing the BIG picture. With each chore and lesson I do, I'm going to really think about doing it as if I am serving God...and I am going to try to do it joyfully. What a simple shift in thinking...but what a powerful one it can be!