I hate housework!
Actually, I started to let those three words be this whole blog post; but, then I thought it would probably be the world’s shortest blog post and if I was going to get famous for writing the world’s shortest blog post I might not want it to be three words that have the potential to make me look lazy or ungrateful. Truth is, I’m not lazy and I’m certainly not ungrateful; I just find that sweeping the floors and doing the laundry today only to have to sweep the floors and do the laundry again tomorrow gets to be tiring and tedious and boring and just plain no fun.
BUT, you know what is even less fun? Not sweeping the floors or doing the laundry on a regular basis! I can’t stand the feeling of dirt on the bottom of my feet when I’m running around barefooted in the house (which is 99.99999% of the time, seriously!), or not being able to find something to wear (which seems to always happen when I’m in a hurry!). So, I sweep the floors and do the laundry – only two examples of a long-long list of what the term “housework” entails.
Moral Of The Story Time: Most of the things that need to be done on a regular basis aren’t super fun!
Proverbs 12:24 says, “The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor.” (NASB) When I read this verse I began to think about how much easier it is to run life diligently than to get behind or get caught off guard and then have to frantically push through the “mess” made by slacking off (#guilty!!). I think that scenario definitely fits into the definition of “forced labor.” This stands true whether the topic is housework, finances, relationships, or health. And, don’t even get me started about how important it is to be diligent in daily devotion and worship!
So, maybe saying, “I hate housework,” is a bit of an overreaction. Though it will probably never be my favorite thing to do, I’ll keep doing it and be grateful to have an enjoyable home in which to live. I’ll also keep doing the work that it takes to have joy in my health, finances, relationships, and devotions. Because, even on the days that it may not feel like it’s worth the effort, diligence beats forced labor any day of the week!
How about you, do you have any thoughts on this topic? If so, please share them in the comment section below and…
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