Who thinks the below image represents a clean garage? Haha I do! No seriously, I do. Now my wife on the other hand, well, she thinks it’s dirty. Which some of you may agree with her. Basically this is a collection of boxes and leftovers from Christmas that I threw out into the garage and forgot to throw away. In the division of household labor in our house, the taking out of the trash (and the cleaning of dishes) falls upon me. And during Christmas, I would take out the boxes and piles of wrapping paper to the garage since our trashcan was full, with complete intention to put them in the trash the following week. Which didn’t happen, obviously. So last night, my beautiful wife reminded me that I said I would clean out the garage before we went on vacation this weekend. Ouch. So guess what I did last night (and am finishing tonight)?
I cleaned the garage.
So I’m kinda teasing my wife. Of course it was a dirty garage. But I just had to leave my job of cleaning it to the couple days right before I had to do it.
I know there’s a lesson God was trying to teach me here.
I was exhausted when I got started last night, it was like 10:30pm and I was done with the day. I wanted to just go to bed. And I just felt God say in that moment, Ok, let’s get to work. Somehow, I felt this drive in me to do it and I just got started.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
I think it’s kinda funny writing that verse with human masters’ in a marriage context lol 😉 (I’m really kidding here!) So a disclaimer before a quick anecdote on this verse…my wife and I have a fabulous marriage. We are wonderfully and joyfully in love together and with Christ. She is my woman that I am crazy about. But my son the other day was reading a book with mommy. The picture on the page they were reading had a daddy just by himself. And my son asks my wife, “Where is hims owner?” He was asking where the mommy was. haha!
Joking aside, the point that I’m trying to get back to is that we all have a lot of tasks that aren’t glorious. They aren’t deeply mentally or spiritually satisfying. They are routine, boring, and frankly, we just have to roll up our sleeves and get to bidness. Cleaning the garage was totally one of those tasks.
And so when we do have to “do the work” our best guidance from God’s Word is to do it, passionately, put our full selves into it, just as if we were working directly for the Lord, and not for anyone else. God wants a people whose hearts are fully alive, even when the environmental conditions and the tasks at hand might be less than thrilling. Jesus gives us living water, water to make us come alive. He wants you fully alive because he is the Vine who feeds you. Even if our surroundings and tasks might be boring, we can still have great joy from being in God’s presence inside of us. This is part of living life fully this side of heaven.
So, I’m curious…I’ve shared my story of boring & silly work…any funny stories of things you’ve had to clean up? Maybe you saw it as clean and your spouse saw it as dirty?
Hope you have a WONDERFUL night! Remember you are treasured by our God!