There is Worship in the Cleaning (Reboot Day 12)

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“Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” Colossians 3:23-25 (The Message)

I look at this series and the eBook (and future book) and think, “what am I doing? I don’t like to clean, and I don’t want to be known as the blogging/book cleaning woman.”

Writing about cleaning is a challenge for me. It’s not deep or interesting. It’s not me.

And yet.

Yet cleaning is a practical part of this life, and all of life is worship, and in the cleaning there is worship as well. It seems I’m called to write about the mundane, and how we bring life to it and make it deep and interesting. How we can live fully where we break up fights and do the dishes and keep clean clothes out of the laundry basket.

Where we find our way in this mother-skin; in the domestic. Where we keep ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time, all for Him.

Where we choose the life we have.

Where we live…and clean.

Today’s Challenges

Mary Challenge: Are you coveting another life? Are you struggling with joy where you’re at? What’s getting in the way of you being content with where you’re at in life? Think about these things and then get on your knees and offer these “blocks” to God.

Martha Challenge: I know we’re going into the weekend, but push through! Set your timer for 15 minutes and see how much cleaning you can get done in your dining room!

How are you choosing to live, right where you are?

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  • Amy Reasoner

    Great Mary challenge today. I needed to be reminded not to covet, and that when I serve my family, I’m serving Christ. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Marquis/90405743 Jennifer Marquis

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder!!

  • Beth Williams

    I hear God whispering “those who are faithful in little will be given much” and “work as unto God not man”.

    I am coveting a life with a different job–not so mundane & slow.  Would love to do medical coding.  I have been struggling with joy in my job/life for the last 6-9 months.

    I have prayed about the job situation & tried to  tell myself that I am blessed to have a good job with very good benefits & that pays decent.  Don’t complain to much others would love to have any job!

  • Pamela

    I am ok with cleaning, but it is cleaning the same thing 100 times a day that I don’t like.   I wish that when I picked up something it wouldn’t end up on the floor again.  With five little ones, 8 years old to 10 months old that is just part of life.  I need to renew my mind, I need to look at my home as my ministry for Christ.  Thank you for the encouragement.  I love that you are writing a book about cleaning and have the struggles that you have, it shows that you are allowing God to work through you to bless others despite your own weakness.  When we are weak others can see His Strength in us.   Love that you are real, share your struggles, and still encourage others. 

    • JackieS

      Pamela,
      I have felt like you many time.  However, when I almost lost my son in an auto accident 6 years ago (spinal cord injury, life flight,…the whole 9 yards), I found the “joy” in picking up after him and sometimes I have to remind myself that there is joy in serving by doing the same thing (oh, those dirty clothes) each and every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lanette.huffmandepew Lanette Huffman Depew

    11 people live in my little 3 bedroom 1 bath house… 11.  Needless to say, sometimes it is hard to be content while others have so much more space.  Thank you for your reminders that I am not doing this for me, but for God and to His glory. 

    • Pamela

      Lanette, I thought seven people in a three bedroom house was crowded.  Sometimes I want more space then my husband reminds me that it would just be more to clean.   My friend is a missionary, and she has 10 kids and they live in a two bedroom house.  They just put on another room.  So, when ever I read her emials and her fb page, I am always humbled and thankful  for what the Lord has given me.  Reading your post has humbled me and made me thankful also.  

  • http://medievalchristianreflections.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    “Thou shall not covet……another person’s energy or wonderful health,” (so that I can clean more) Yeah, that one !

  • JackieS

    just talked about serving our “masters” at church last night.  God is always timely with His Word!