I know I don’t usually get all mushy and spiritual on this blog, but something really struck me as I was reading my book yesterday. Sorry if you have a weak stomach – I’ll pay for any necessary dry cleaning.
Here is the quote:
Place yourself in a spirit of obedience to God’s will. Tackle every task as a direct response to God, just as if he were asking you, “Will you go do your laundry now?”
Just say, “Yes, I will.” And smile at him.
I spend so much time training my children to respond with swift and cheerful obedience – which is of course the right thing to do. No dawdling, no fussing, no ignoring — these are the rules when they are told to do something. But what kind of example am I setting? Do they see me responding to the call of my vocational duties with a cheerful heart and a quick step? Someone’s diaper needs to be changed – am I responding quickly and cheerfully or pretending I don’t notice for as long as possible? I know I need to start some laundry … but first I am going to sit at the computer for a few minutes. I will act on my own agenda. Aack! So convicting.
I think Mrs. Pierlot’s analogy of God asking us to do something is really helpful in its concreteness. It helps even with the accidents, interruptions, and disobediences that occur during the day. Each time a child disobeys it is God asking me, “Will you use this to bring this child closer to Me? to develop her character?” And when I choose to ignore it, for convenience’ sake, I am ignoring His question or request.
In the final analysis, how we treat our children teaches them about God – whether truly or falsely! They draw on this parent-child connection throughout their lives and insofar as we fail them, they must overcome this hurdle in their knowledge of their Father. But even more, how is it I can expect cheerful and swift obedience from my children when I do not even give the same to my heavenly Father– especially when my tasks are of such greater import (cooperation in the salvation of souls!) than the ones I assign my children?
from Matthew 25
His master replied, ‘Well
done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few
things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your
Then the man who had
received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a
hard man …so I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His
master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!… Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.
everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’