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How many times have you seen this on a bumper sticker or on one of Tebow’s eye black stickers:
That right there folks, is Colossians 3:17. And if you’re one to memorize scripture, it probably ends up right next to a few other pretty familiar verses in your head. If you don’t, you probably have at least heard it before. This verse has been circling my mind for the past few days. It’s been tapping me on the shoulder. Calling my name. Let me tell you why.
Chad and I agreed that we would divvy up the chores. And to make a long story short, I found myself getting discouraged and disappointed with myself when I didn’t do them. I wanted my husband to come home and say, “WOW! The house looks great!” And even though I can come up with a list of excuses as to why the dishes took a week to get done, or the laundry was still in the basket, the bottom line is that I wasn’t receiving the praise. Because I didn’t have anything to show that was praiseworthy.
I’m writing in past tense here, but the truth is that this is my daily struggle. I work in my office, I get caught up, and things get pushed back. On the surface, this looks like there is a problem with time management. But really? I get a lot done! I have big list of things to do an a daily basis, yet I end the day unsatisfied with the work I’ve done. So what is the problem? The problem is where I’m finding my identity and where I’m finding joy. My identity should be in the Lord, but it’s been in if I’m a good homemaker or not. And my joy should come from God, but it has been coming from getting things accomplished!
Chad has a point – I need to get these things done! But I want more. I want to do these things for God. I want to feel Him smile on me. The applause of my husband isn’t enough to sustain my joy. That is a hard thing to write because I don’t know if I even believe it yet. But along with agreeing to divvy up chores, we each made a personal decision to serve the Lord FIRST. So I’ve decided to just meditate on this fact through out the day, push through to my chores, and just…see what happens!