We dusted the house yesterday; enough grime has accumulated to write in it today. We mopped the floor Saturday; today we have the Oregon trail down the hall. We wiped the fingerprints off the windows and appliances after lunch; by bedtime it looks like a fog has descended. It never ends, does it? We can work and work to keep things clean at home.
Proverbs 23:5 says, Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? We try to grasp hold of things that are not lasting. The verse goes on to say, that riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Riches fly away. A clean house is fleeting also. Beautiful clothes wear out. A thin body wastes away eventually. A gorgeous home can be swept away in a moment. All these things can be gone in a moment. We need to labor for that which is eternal instead.
Matthew Henry said, “Those that aim at great things fill their hands with business more than they can grasp, so that their life is both a perfect drudgery and a perpetual hurry. What you have, be a master of it, and not a slave to it.” It’s okay to have a clean house, but if we are a slave to it, we will be miserable.
I can drive myself to distraction sometimes with trying to keep everything at home in perfect order. It won’t happen with people living here! We must live here. We should all strive to be masters of our home and good stewards of it, but it can’t be our master. I’m preaching to myself, here. It’s more important that I am driven by the things that are eternal. For, as Solomon said, this cleaning job will take wings and fly away. Wow. Instead of being filled with hurry and dread, I can work, then not get flustered when things get dirtied again. With God’s help, I will strive to master my home, but not a slave to it. How about you?