Sweet Work

My new house has lovely carpet upstairs.  It’s soft.  It’s comfy.  It’s inviting.  When you vacuum it, you can see the lines where the vacuum was.  It looks neat and clean – until it’s been walked on all day.  Then it needs vacuuming again.

That is NOT a complaint.  It’s a fact.  That’s how all work is.  You do it today and it needs to be done again tomorrow.  It’s the same way with making the bed, washing the windows, ironing the clothes, or cleaning the bathroom sink.  But what a sweet sense of accomplishment to sit down and see the lines left in the carpet from the freshly vacuumed floor, or the sparkle of the clean windows, or the bed all in order with each pillow lined up and in their rightful places.

What is your attitude towards work?  Proverbs 13:19 tells us that “Desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”  Work should be sweet to us!  How do you respond to a basket full of laundry staring at you?  What comes from your lips on Monday morning when you’re headed to your job?  With what kind of attitude do you fix a meal, change a diaper, sell a computer, sew on a button, type up a power point, or wash a dirty car?  Work is not a four-letter word.  To be able to work is truly a gift from our God, who values work.  To have the strength and ability to go hard after a job and see it to completion is a blessing.  If you struggle with that, can I encourage you to make it a matter of prayer?  Ask the Lord to give you the right heart about the work that fills your days.  He will.

Another reason to have a right attitude about work is our children.  If we expect them to be hard, happy workers, we must set the example to do heartily whatever our hands find to do.   We should teach them exactly what we want them to do and then expect them to finish the job – to clear the table, wipe the table, sweep up the crumbs, shake out the place mat or tablecloth, and replace the centerpiece.  Make sure they see the whole job all the way through before exiting the kitchen.  Don’t jump in and do it for them.  Make them finish the task until it’s completed.

You will be doing yourself and your child a favor by teaching them hard work ethics.  Not only will they be a blessing in your home, but they will grow up to be hard workers for the Lord, wherever He should call them.  They will learn that work is sweet when they watch and listen to you.  So smile!  The laundry in the hamper is awaiting your attention again.  =)

What do you do to have a right attitude about your work?

Pastor’s Encouragement:  Pray for a fresh divine anointing on your pastor’s ministry.  Pray that God’s working will be powerfully evident both in his personal life and in the spiritual life of the congregation.
Husband’s Encouragement:  If we are living in light of eternity, everything we think, do, or say is seen from an eternal perspective. Only two things will go into eternity—the Word of God and people. Be sure that you are focusing on the right things.

Does your husband have an eternal perspective that allows him to reject materialism and temporal values? Express your gratefulness for his value system, and praise him for putting eternal things before riches and other things of this world.

If this is a problem area for him, consider how you might alter your own value system and live for eternity in front of him, encouraging him to do the same. We will someday give an account for our failure to speak words of love and encouragement. Determine today that your words will be sweet and helpful, encouraging your husband to live for God’s Kingdom.

With love,

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