Many of us spend much of our days on seemingly mundane tasks, which can seem like drudgery. Laundry, cleaning, putting things away, mowing, weeding, sweeping, these tasks seem like they are never quite done, always calling to us to start anew. They are tasks for home and the workplace and church. Needs of individuals and groups which never seem to end.
While attending to laundry this week after a quick visit from cousins, I wrote this to them: “Laundry is never so joyful as when it’s the result of time spent with family and friends.”
My attitude toward this task was altered by our love for them and our response to their visit. The very task itself reminded me of the visit and therefore, felt less like an imposition on my time.
This should be my attitude toward any task, not mundane routine; but acts of love, caring for those around me. The immediacy of the task, tied to their visit was a good reminder for me that all tasks can be done as unto the Lord. There is no task that is unimportant, each has its time, place and need of our hands.
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.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.