We had dinner guests last night. We totally enjoyed our time together, and visited until 10:00 o’clock. That’s actually very early to end such a good time, but everyone had to work the next day, and our son had school.
When everyone left, I had planned on cleaning up the kitchen…but was tired, so I opted out, and decided to leave it for this morning. YUCK! Bad decision! All the dishes, pots and pans had food dried to them! It was a nightmare in living color! Red tomato paste, beige alfredo sauce, green lettuce leaves…all stuck to bowls and pans!
As I surveyed the ugly mess, I found myself saying aloud, “What’s the point? Does any of this make a difference? Am I making an impact for the good on anyone? …. Or, am I just spinning my wheels?”
I think we’ve all asked that question. Especially mothers and housewives! Everyday we clean the house, do laundry, and cook; and by bed-time…the house is a mess again, there’s a pile of dirty clothes in the hamper or laundry room, and the food that took hours to cook was devoured in minutes! But wait…it’s not over…. When the light of day shines forth anew…we get to do it all over again. It all seems rather pointless!
But, as the years go by, most of us moms realize that the “home” things we endured on a regular basis, really did make an impact on our husbands and children! Our husbands are faithful, caring, loving and supportive. Our children are kind, obedient, respectful, and productive to society. After years of wondering if it really matters…we can see the fruit of our labors!
Then I remember the verse in Matthew 10:42 that says, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”
If you can do your best, and do it as unto the Lord…you will be blessed! A loving husband and good children are your reward here on earth; and God has many other rewards waiting for you in Heaven! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “58 So, my dear sisters (and brothers) , be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
“Do the best you can…and leave the results to God!” …. Or, like my little plaque says:
Only one life…’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ, will last! -Unknown
I will think on these things as I dance with my vaccum to the rythm of the washing machine! 🙂