"8"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9"Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. "
Exodus 20: 8-10
Recently I've been having trouble feeling motivated to do my daily work. It sounded more fun to sleep late, read a book, visit, whatever... anything except the daily drudge of laundry, dishes, and other household chores.
Of course as I lazed around I was quick to note that my daughters were NOT completing THEIR chores. And, of course, I was also quick to comment upon this. Loudly. Pointedly. At them. AHEM! Part of my comments included the phrase... "and just where did you learn not do do your chores?" And then I heard myself. And say myself. And I was ashamed.
First point, ask my daughters for their forgiveness. Not only was I hypocrite... holding them to a standard I had no desire to reach. But, I was teaching them, albeit quite poorly, that it was more important to indulge yourself rather than to do what God had given you to do.
Then of course came time with God. Time in which I needed to both ask for forgiveness and wait for His exhortations... these came via scripture, friends' blogs, and daily "nudges" by the Holy Spirit. After that it was time for praise and thanksgiving that the Lord would even listen to one such as I, forgive me, exhort me, encourage me, and still allow me the privilege of daily work.
Yes, I returned to the point of realizing it is a privilege for me to work hard each day, accomplishing the work which God has given me to do. Right in the Word He tells us that we are to labor 6 days. When I can remember that then I am just fine and can do my work, even joyfully; and in the process it seems my family is happier, I am happier, and things are actually getting done.
Speaking of which, I must bid you all adieu in order to finish today's chores. May you also be blessed to enjoy that which God gives you to do each day!
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