It’s so easy for me to become stagnant. To go about my usual routines – washing dishes, doing laundry, preparing meals, cleaning the kitchen again. Getting the kids where they need to be. The never ending and often repetitious list of chores and errands to manage my home and family.
Some days I grumble through it all.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48
That is a whole lot of “much.” God has given me a husband to be a blessing to. A home to be care for. Children to train up and develop in character.
It is good for me to periodically reflect on what I do with what I have been given. And the attitude in which I do it. Do I pour love into everything I do? Even if I feel like no one sees it?
The passage in Corinthians is so often repeated that my eyes skip it my first reading through, even second:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
It seems to me an impossible standard … to love this way. Even in the boring, in the repetitious, in the inconvenient, in the exhaustion. The simple truth hits me that the only way to love is to consistently and persistently rely on Jesus.
Where much is demanded, love is demanded. Where much is asked, love is asked.
Dear Lord, You have entrusted so much into my care. Help me to remember that you see all that I do, even when no one else notices. I cannot truly love in my own power. I can love only in Your Power. Pour forth your love into my heart so that it overflows into my home. Amen