Last week I couldn’t help but shake my head and smile at the response to the blog post about needing to tackle the mess of my “home sweet home.” I was glad to see that a lot of you could relate to the “messy house dilemma.” You left some great comments, and Kathryn shared some thoughts that spurred this post.
I’m quoting from her comment left on the post: “My Home-Sweet-Home is Out of Control.”
[box]“I need to learn contentment, listen to the still small voice of the spirit and know that some of the clutter is because the people that I love the most in this world live under my roof which means – dirty dishes, piles of laundry, grocery hauls, empty toilet paper rolls, bills to be paid, pants that need buttons replaced, freezers that need defrosting, and the list goes on. I know that so many struggle with staying on top of their homes because life is so very busy and things come up. My prayer is to learn contentment and to roll up my sleeves and work unto the Lord while having a joyful spirit. This takes practice and a truckload of God’s grace.”[/box]
Yes, Yes, and YES! Thank you, Kathryn!
Love People More than Perfection
I love how Kathryn describes her home, “some of the clutter is because the people I love most in this world live under my roof which means . . .” and she goes on to describe typical family-life-clutter. Yes, it is good to have the kind of clutter that says: An active family lives here and love for those precious ones is greater than a desire for the “perfect” HGTV residence! That kind of clutter should be accepted, and even appreciated, with grace and patience.
An “orderly” home will look different depending on your season of life (and usually the age of your children!). Kathryn said that her prayer is to “learn contentment and to roll up my sleeves and work unto the Lord while having a joyful spirit.”
And THAT is a prayer right in line with the Word.
Normal home-life clutter shouldn’t send us into a tizzy of frustration. But I’ve been on the other end of the spectrum. I’ve become a little too “content.” I’ve let things go that should’ve been put away. And I’m needing to roll up those sleeves and push myself out of this kind of “contentment” in order to have a home whose atmosphere is reflective of God’s character.
People Matter More
The day that post ran, I was taking care of a friend who’d just had surgery. She lives alone and needs her church family during this difficult ordeal. Ministry needs hit hard on many fronts since that post ran, so my de-cluttering process has come to a halt (temporarily). I had to give myself a good talking to when I found myself getting a little frustrated that once again the project would have to be pushed to the back burner. But you know what? People matter more.
Each day must begin with this: “How can I best glorify You today, Father? What do You have for me?”
Moment by moment, through the instruction of His Word and the leading of His Spirit, He will direct the course of our day as we surrender control to Him. That is the truckload of grace that I need in order to glorify Him.
[box]“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).[/box]
Whether it means cleaning the toilets today, caring for a sick loved one, writing a Bible study, de-cluttering that messy closet, or spending the morning on a hike with my man . . . I pray that I’m right in the path that God has for me and that all will be done with joy for His glory!
[box]“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).[/box]
What about you? What does He have for you today?