I Don’t Want To Clean (Wah!) The Reboot Day 8

If I don’t serve, I surrender.

I don’t want to clean, I don’t even really want to write about cleaning because cleaning, in and of itself, is boring to me. I’d rather do just about anything else other than clean. And when I think too much about all the cleaning I have to do, I surrender into an overwhelmed, selfish little hermit who just wants to curl up and pretend she doesn’t see the mess.

But

If I remember why I’m cleaning, if I remember how my God chose love through sacrifice, than I can climb out of that pit and choose to serve. The story below is a beautiful picture of a mother who chose to serve her child and sacrifice her own needs first in order to love her daughter well:

Finally, at 10:00, thinking about falling into bed just to stay alive, did I say, beyond weary to the bone, if possible,

when I passed Joy’s bedroom. (She was out at her very last speech party, with friends and comrades.)

Piles everywhere–strewn clothes on chairs, floor; shoes, speech ballots and paper all over the floor, dirty tea cups, plates with crumbs in them, and unmade bed with stuff here and there…….an overall mess…….

She was not being irresponsible, she had given her all–practicing, writing, dressing, running from room for room for giving over 30 speeches, adrenalin spilled, energy expended. Her bedroom was a reflection of our weeks.

If I were her, I would not want to come home to such a mess.

I know what it is like to return from conference weekends to a messy bedroom when you are beyond tired. It oppresses one to think of more work and more effort……

And so with one last weary push, I hung clothes, stacked papers into neat piles, picked up all the dishes, folded her sheets and covers into a straight and welcome turn down for needed sleep, placed shoes in the closet, picked up random things off the floor and placed beloved stuffed animals in the proper place of old, when she as a child loved their welcome.

When she returned at midnight, she would see love all over her bedroom, a little more ordered place, where rest would come more easily, because I needed to do unto her as I would have her do unto me–if I had been so weary and in need of an angel to straighten my room.

Please read the whole post over at Sally’s blog, I Take Joy.

Isn’t that just it? A losing of ourselves to love others. Yes.

I want to be that, I want to be the woman who loses herself in Jesus, who lays down her life to give life to others.

And in losing myself, I can find a reason to clean and to write about cleaning. It is just another gate through which to show people Jesus; it is another way to love.

Today’s Challenges

Mary Challenge: Take a few moments and write down all the ways you have felt loved in someone else’s home – what were the little touches that warmed your spirit? Think about how you can implement those kind of things into your own home. Write down some ideas of how you can really make your family feel loved and special in their home.

Martha Challenge: Move on to the next task in a bedroom. Today I’m cleaning my sons room!

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  • Misty

    At this point, I am struggling majorly. I have not done the last few days(the marthas or the marys) because I am overwhelmed.  I must be very easy to get to in the area of my life with the enemy. Arg! That makes me mad! Just keep praying for all of us! Thank you for your challenges to us!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Misty, I’m the same way! That’s why I did the live cleaning, because if I didn’t I’m not sure I would have cleaned that bedroom!

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    i am especially enjoying the mary  today!!  thanks!!

  • Lisa Maria

    Love Sally…she is just SO inspiring! Sarah Mae this post just kicked me in the gut today. I have been griping at my own daughters about their rooms and their lack of  help. I never even thought of how hectic their schedules have been (though I have felt that they could spend their time more effectively like getting off of Facebook!). Thank you for reminding me to offer them more grace.

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    My oldest two got sick last night.  Both of them have fevers, but only one got tummy troubles.    Today, I will try to get done what I can. 

  • rhonda

    Wham!  Right between the eyes.  Choose to love through sacrifice.  My husband cleaned the horrific kitchen last night when he had already worked all day; he chose to show me love by his sacrifice, but I didn’t see it that way, not really, til just now.  Wow. 
    Going to finish it up and work harder, sacrificially, through laundry now. 

  • http://www.amrsamom.blogspot.com/ tonya

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    With an empty coffee mug & a full heart I’m heading back to my babies.  Sigh.

  • Mama Eagle

    Sometimes … it’s the things you least want to read … that you need to read the most.

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  • Leann Thompson

    I recently discovered Sarah Mae and know God put me in touch with her for many reasons! The stories you share I directly relate to day in and day out! I am a mother of two little boys, work a full time job, am finishing my degree, and teach Sunday School! To have a getaway through Sarah Mae is such a blessing! I know that God sees every little thing I do throughout the day and He is pleased. That is what matters! He blesses me beyond imagination, so I do all things with joy!

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      That makes me so happy! :)

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  • http://twitter.com/lmccy La McCoy

    Is learning to clean a growing process? 
    The younger me was very frustrated by cleaning. The little bit I forced my self to do. 
    Now i clean on a schedule. Just a little most days.
     And clean as I go. Wash dishes as I use them in cooking.  
    Notice a spot on the floor. Clean it. 
    Window spot. Clean it. 
    Just automatic now. No biggie!
     Keep cloths and spray handy and clean. 
    I rarely force myself to clean. 
    I think pulling weeds was the last time. ugh! 
    Thanks Sarah. I’ve enjoyed visiting with you and yours! Lmc 
    http://germanedel.blogspot.com/