Cleaning the kitchen, scrubbing toilets and mopping floors often feels like an interruption to my schedule. And my attitude while doing these chores often shows, especially when Iâ€™m exhausted. One day, in the midst of a particularly grumpy time, God used an email to prick my conscience.
One of my blog visitors emailed me saying, â€œIâ€™m setting a goal to consistently respond in a cheerful voice to my husband, even when I feel very tired.â€
Sheilaâ€™s message challenged me.
What if I tweaked Sheilaâ€™s goal and decided (with Godâ€™s help) to be consistently cheerful while I did my household chores? Even when Iâ€™m very tired.
Would you like to join me in changing the way we respond to our spouseâ€™s requests or how we perform our responsibilities, including household tasks, weary or not?
Colossians 3:17 (ESV) says, â€œAnd whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.â€ If we allowed this verse to motivate us, we could extend this thought to every relationship â€“ including those at work, church and school.
This verse depicts the attitude I want to emulate: to do everything with a thankful (cheerful) heartâ€“ as if I represented God Himself.
Imagine if we spoke every word and performed every task as if we were literally representing the ultimate Servant, Jesus Himself. I assure you, Iâ€™d really have to depend on Godâ€™s presence within me to accomplish this â€“ especially when I add the â€œgiving thanksâ€ part when Iâ€™m dog-tired.
Can you envision what this attitude could do for a marriage? For every relationship? Not to mention how living out Colossians 3:17 would give us a higher perspective about our words and our tasks. Doing everything in Jesusâ€™ name would produce a cheerfulness thatâ€™s real, not forced. It could even give us a little extra energy when we need it.
Think how practicing Colossians 3:17 could change our day. How representing Christ in all we do could change â€¦ us.
I truly believe we experience satisfying joy and peace as we pursue a higher level of service. Do you crave this kind of joy and peace? I sure do.
Each time weâ€™re tempted to grumble when we have to clean the kitchen at home, redo a project for our boss, scrub the toilets at church or head a committee at school, letâ€™s make it our goal to do it all with a grateful (and cheerful) heart, in Jesusâ€™ name.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. Connect with her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com.