Have you ever had a Bible verse leap into your mind for no reason at all? I admit that I do have a lot of random thoughts. My brain goes on little escapades that I call 'chasing rabbits.' I also have chain reaction thoughts, where one thought takes my mind on a completely different path that is connected, but not really.
I said all of that to say this: Today this verse popped into my mind, 'And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men.' Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
Of course when the verse first popped into my mind, I thought about being a good wife and mom, and then about church and teaching children, about ministry at the nursing home, and writing. Those are the biggies when I think of 'doing as unto the Lord.' To be honest, I felt pretty good with the list of things I'm doing for God.
But, as He so often does, God shoved other thoughts into my mind. He has a great sense of humor. I know this because my mind went in directions that I definitely wouldn't have taken on my own, not in a million procrastinating years.
Housework popped into my mind. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning the bathrooms. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord. I stuck my spiritual fingers in my spiritual ears and sang, "La, la, la, I can't hear you."
I'm not against housework. (I'm not really for it, either) I love to cook for my family. I'm a firm believer in the Proverbs 31 wife. I especially like the part where she has servants. (vs 15)
But when I tie housework to Colossians 3:23, it made me think a little deeper.
I tried to push the thoughts aside. I was busy drinking coffee, checking email and ignoring dishes.
Seriously, clean house as if I'm doing it unto the Lord? Do laundry and dishes, as unto the Lord.
Yes, those things, too. Do them as unto the Lord.
I'm a little convicted by this. Or maybe a lot convicted. Not enough to just jump right up and tackle those bathrooms, but I'm really very close. But first I had to share the thought because:
MISERY LOVES COMPANY.