Refocused on Home Day 3
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
When we were adopting our daughter from Uganda, a small country in East Africa, I woke up most mornings to the sounds of hard, repetitive housework. I heard brooms made out of dried banana leaves sweeping my neighbor’s back porch.
Brush, Brush, Brush, Brush.
I heard pots and dishes clanging together outside as the women washed and prepared their meals for the day in their kitchens—their outdoor washing bins and their pots that cooked over outdoor fires.
They handwashed their clothing outside in buckets and then hung them to dry in the hot sun just a few miles from the equator.
Yes ladies, we have it made in our gourmet indoor kitchens with GE appliances.
Or do we?
Yes, it is convenient. But have we lost the sacredness of homemaking with our super quick machines? I think the answer is no. I learned some principles from my hard working Ugandan friends while watching their joy, dedication and strength.
Yes, we are serving our families, but whom does this passage remind us we are ultimately serving? How did Colossians speak to you about mundane, repetitive housework?
I’m continuing to ask the Lord to help me see the Holy in housework. Praying the same over you, friend. Two more days of “Refocused on Home!”
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Praying for you!