Welcome to Labor Day Weekend 2012! In true type A personality behavior, I began our Saturday by inspiring the kids to join me in a little bit of pre-holiday deep cleaning around the house. At first only my eldest daughter bought into the cleaning excitement, however after the younger two got home from the park with daddy, the youngest decided they'd join in. We all spent several hours together cheerfully cleaning floors, scrubbing walls, washing windows . . . while the 2 year old sprayed everything in sight with his homemade, organic cleaning solution. . . . water (he had a blast).
Every so often, Faith who's 7 would quietly ask . . . "mommy, will we get to do something special after this?" Now, this may sound crazy, but I actually like to clean. Cleaning is somewhat therapeutic to me. My mind rarely strays off into "worryville" and in fact usually I find myself thinking about fun and exciting things in the future. I also like to silently pray while I clean. . . and hum. . . and sing . . . and . . . you get the picture?! So when Faith asked me if we'd get to do something fun after the hard work was finished, I had already planned out in my head all the fun and exciting things we'd hopefully do this weekend, however I didn't want to reveal too much to her just yet so I gently encouraged her "yes".
As the kids one by one got bored with mommy's cleaning routine and moved onto childlike play, I decided to tackle the "big one". You know, the least favorite chore that rarely gets done . . . for me it's scrubbing the shower tiles down. That grout that so easily attracts dirt that the spray cleaners don't touch, the 1 inch by 1 inch tiles on the shower stall floor that look so pretty but truly is back breaking work to attack . . . Yes!!! Today I decided to tackle the "big one!" So I put on my "combat clothes" with bristle brush, abrasive powder cleanser and sponge ready to attack the grimies. In true mommy diva fashion, I put on the helmet of conditioning (aka deep cleanser on my hair) since this battle was going to take a while and just like my Faith, I'm looking for a little reward at the end of the job. About half way through, the girls came into the room laughing and giggling with a hint of worry in their voice. "But mommy! You're making it worse!" I had to laugh at their innocense. My girls have never cleaned the shower yet. They probably haven't cleaned enough of anything yet to understand that the mess always gets worse before it gets better.
Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." God promises us that deep in the chores or trials of life we will reap a harvest if we keep going. So today, I'm thankful that I kept going. The messes of life shouldn't scare us away and even though sometimes those around us can only see a bigger problem, we're called to persevere. I'm grateful that the Lord himself gives us HIS strength to persevere and He gives us a history to remember not to give up when the mess can get overwhelming. My girls must have realized that it really was a big chore to tackle the tile because when I finished the job, they proudly gave me a medallion that says Great Job! However, to me, the best part of my reward was not just the "great job mom" or even the soft, shiny hair I got to show off at later that day. The harvest of blessings this time was the realization that by my own perseverence, my children were watching and learning and although they may not remember the Bible verse, they'll remember my actions. I pray that I always remember the lesson myself. That regardless of the situation or circumstance, I too will not become weary in doing good. Even when the messes get bigger and more intense for me or those that I love. Good 'ole hard work does pay off, doesn't it? Now that's a Labor Day weekend memory I hope to always remember!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
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