When I was a little girl, I had a love/hate relationship with Saturday because of chores. I loved getting up and watching cartoons. I didn’t ‘love’ what came after the cartoons. After cartoons meant: cleaning the chairs in the kitchen, cleaning the toilets, the tub, sinks, vacuuming, etc. You get the picture.
That thought process did not really change as I grew up.
As a teen, I absolutely HATED the words: “Chores and Work”
But, I worked two jobs and still had chores at home. I hated it and thought it was the worst punishment possible. I mean, who wants to go home and vacuum, take out the trash, mow the yard, do the laundry, iron (oh, I still struggle with ironing), you get the picture.
I remember when my husband and I first married, my Dad came to visit and we had clean clothes strewn from the laundry room, through the kitchen (on the table) into the living room (on the couch)…and you get the picture.
Even though the house would get that way, every Friday night, I would spend HOURS cleaning while my husband was working his second shift job.
Not long after we had our last baby, we grew in the Lord’s word through a discipleship group. One of the lessons we had, discussed God’s intention for man to work. This study opened my eyes to the fact that God worked and he placed Adam in the garden to work even before sin entered the world.
WHAT? Work in paradise? I couldn’t fathom that idea.
But, there it was.
And that truth, began to open my eyes and mind to the fact that I had been viewing work and chores in the wrong way. So, as my heart changed, I taught my children about work and what God’s word says about it.
I had to because they too had the same thoughts I did…
As we worked through Bible verse after Bible verse, they began to see that work and chores are good. It just all depends on how you focus your heart. That doesn’t mean we have a house filled with ‘snow white’ whistling and singing our way through chores. We still struggle, but we’re struggling for the right reasons, now because of the way we study God’s word and pray for it to change our hearts.
Does your family struggle? Do you hear these questions in your home?
“Mom, Do I have to do chores or work today?”
“Mom, do we have to clean the house today?”
“Mom, why do I need to make my bed or pick up the clothes in the floor?”
If you do, I know God’s word can change hearts in your home. So, I took all of the various verses we have studied and created a Prayer Journal to guide you and your teens (really your whole family) through God’s word and what it says about Work.
You can purchase your journals here