Mundane: lacking interest or excitement, ordinary, day-to-day
A word I would never have used as a child dreaming of life as an adult. No, the words to describe those dreams were fun, adventurous, blissful, and carefree made of a handsome man, white picket fence, a country home, a yard full of kids, and afternoons spent in a hammock relaxing with a good book and a tall glass of iced tea (unsweet).
The Lord has given the desires of my heart – I am thankful, but can I confess to you the naivety of my dreams? I never fathomed they would come along with the work of maintaining a home, for some reason, I skipped right over the sink full of dishes, floors to be swept, and baskets of laundry needing to be cleaned, but seeing them day-to-day, skipping them over is impossible. They’re consistently there – and exhausting. It’s embarrassing to admit how many times I have looked at a sink full of dishes and gotten mad, or given a basket of dirty clothes eyes of dissatisfaction only to find it won’t budge. It’s silly how these simple tasks have such power to suck the joy right out of us.
The role of a wife is hard work, and the list of things to be done appears endless. Adding on the fact that many of us work outside of the home, have children, are active in our communities and churches – it gets overwhelming quick, leading us down a road of comparison thoughts as we wonder, “How does everyone else have it together, but I don’t – and I can’t?” It has the power to drive us to our wits end, opening a door for the Enemy of our soul to whisper in our ear that we are not enough, we cannot do it all, and we are a failure. We all fight this same battle learning how to manage what we’ve been given, but it’s a position we must be trained for involving a process, one that personally has led me to try everything; pouting, checklists, lashing out, being grumpy, telling my husband to help, only to find God’s simple command to pray about everything is the key to it all.
Work is a fact of life, I don’t like it – we don’t like it – but it’s truth, and here is what God says:
Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NLT) “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work.”
Proverbs 31:13 (ESV) “She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.”
Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the master you are serving is Christ.”
Turning to God, we find not only is work a fact of life but it goes beyond checking a box and going through the motions. We are to enjoy it, do it willingly, with all our heart, keeping in mind that ultimately – it is for the Lord that we do these things. No matter the task, we do them for Him, which is a game changer as it shifts our perspective turning the mundane into an act of worship.
On their own, dishes don’t make us want to rejoice, dusting doesn’t overwhelm us with thoughts of thanksgiving – but forcing a pause to look beyond the mess sitting before us to the reason the mess is there in the first place – that’s what it’s about.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
One verse, three words to a better attitude in maintaining your home – rejoice, pray, give thanks.
Rejoice – means to delight. It may seem strange to apply here, but it’s not. Don’t rejoice at dust bunnies collecting on the steps, BUT do rejoice over the feet that walk them – They are worth celebration, and so are the services that the tools we spend time cleaning provide to our homes. We need the clothing, plates, toilets – take the opportunity to celebrate God’s provision for our needs and conveniences.
Prayer – Are you scrubbing floors? Pray God’s presence dwell there and spread through every space they lead. Picking up your husband’s tool box, or laptop bag? Pray a blessing over that box or bag, seek His guidance, protection, and leading. We can pray about everything, make this an opportunity to do just that as you pray over every aspect of your home.
Thanks – This may seem a little absurd, but thank God for the dishes to wash, clothes to launder, the home to clean and the shelter it provides your family. They are a gift, items that are necessary, and easily taken for granted. Choose thankfulness.
Housework on its own, is unexceptional, but applying this scripture and these three actions makes it possible to see the exceptional God that we serve while carrying it out. We are not a servant to the dishes, or slave to the laundry, but a subject of Christ our King carrying out our lives as a living sacrifice by showing gratitude for all He has done – and that my sweet sisters, is the key that will allow us to see the pieces of our life that are anything but ordinary drawing us to find joy in work that we are told to find, as we now work with diligent hands, and a willing heart.