Monday, February 1, 2010

The Mundane Reborn as Worship


It’s not just another pile of laundry…

Pile of Dishes

or another stack of dishes. 

It’s so much more for women who follow Jesus.  Every laundry basket and kitchen sink becomes a heavenly altar, just waiting to receive our acts of worship, our acceptable sacrifice to the God of the universe.  

I long to know that what I do all day actually matters.  Yet no matter how many inspirational quotes I read about the importance of being a stay at home mom, no matter how many times my husband tells me he appreciates me, I occasionally still find myself resentful and grumbling about having to put the baby’s board books back on the shelf AGAIN.  

It’s become pretty obvious to me that the only way I can maintain any long term passion for this job is to see each moment of my day as an opportunity for worship.  Dirty nose needing wiped?  “God, this is for you!”  Peanut butter sandwich needing to be cut into triangles (squares won’t do!)?  “Yes, Lord, thank you that I can serve you!”  Superman’s cape needing reattached, “Oh God, my hands work for you!”

It’s nothing revolutionary, perhaps, but for me the simple act of speaking the truth changes my attitude about the mundane.  Somehow laundry and dishes become almost desirable when they are reborn as opportunities to offer praise to God, my Strength!   

And yes, I do need to say it over and over all day long because when I don’t, I forget.  I forget that this is holy work and suddenly all I see are the dirty diapers waiting to be taken out to the trash, the leftovers needing to be put away and the toys strung from one end of the house to the other.  I forget so quickly that these routine things have the capacity to be transformed into something with eternal value – the worship of the only true God.        


I’ve decided to join Ann’s Gratitude Revolution so here’s the start of my list of a thousand gifts: 

1) Truth – that it renews my mind and that it’s available in my language

2) Unexpected Hugs

3) Honey, Darling Little Redhead and El Principito…all producers of laundry and dishes…and opportunities to praise God!  :)

4) Pancakes made with my sous chef, Darling Little Redhead

5) Wood puzzles with the baby and barking giraffes

6) A husband who cooks and cleans when I am unable (both with my eye crisis and again this weekend when I cut my hand and had to get five stitches)

7) Family on the mission field and our weekly dinner and game night

8) Nephews and Niece who love playing with my boys

9) For friends who accept me as I am

10) For Skype and email to communicate with family back home


Brenda said...

Its so much easier to be content when we see everything we do as part of Gods perfect purpose for our lives.

Well stated and, as always, I love your pictures.

Donna said...

Love your list!!

As I wrote on my blog (without such beautiful words) ahha moment came teaching my youngest this morning. God adopted us as we are not as we will be. Praise His name!!!!

Julie said...

What a wonderful list of gratitude! I first understood worship all throughout the day after reading Brother Andrew's little book, "Practicing the Presence of God." Doing dishes is my time of prayer and praising!

Anonymous said...

Hey Shilo :)
Wow...thank you for putting that on FB...I LOVED reading it!! true...I need to be keeping my focus as well. It's so true that when our focus goes, our whole life is thrown out of wack! ya! Hope the rest of your day is amazing :) Love ya! Thanks again!
Ashley Fyock

Mindy said...

I'm right there with you, Shilo! Thanks for the encouraging reminder that this stay-at-home Mom job is filled with purpose and importance despite how we feel at times. This IS a high calling from our wonderful heavenly Father and I certainly lose that perspective sometimes amidst the daily trash, laundry, dirty dishes, meal planning and preparing and picking up toys.

Dayna (Spear) Guenther said...

Beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder!

Ashley L said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement, Shilo! I need these words often!

Tim and Susan said...

Having an attitude of thankfulness does change us. Great list. Hope your hand is healing well.


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