Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thirty Days of Work in the Home -- Day 3

Thought for the Day: "The countless, mundane tasks I perform day after day are critically important to the development of lives I care so much about. this makes me feel very valuable, and it imbues everything I undertake as a Family Manager with a sense of significance. This means that making sure there's milk for breakfast is just as significant as making sure that I get a magazine article on time. It means planning a party for high schoolers after a football game is just as important as a radio interview." Kathy Peel, the Family Manager

Tip of the Day:
Schedule your on line time. Either have a rough plan for every day or schedule it for that day. For example, you could allow so many moments for reading and commenting on the blog posts of others, so much for writing your own posts, etc. Set aside certain hours for blog upkeep. Taking a day off from the Internet once a week or once a month is a good idea, as well. Help your children schedule their on line time, too. Exercise wisdom and discipline in your and your children's use of the Internet.

What God says about work: The Hebrew word work used in Proverbs 31:13 is 'Asah'. It's various shades of meaning when translated into English include "to make, to do, to prepare; to create, to construct, to accomplish, to work, to labor." It is the same word used of God's creative activity in Genesis 1:7; 1:26; 1:31, and in many other places in the Old Testament.

In I Corinthians 15:58, we read, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor if not in vain in the Lord."

"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." NIV

This specifically speaks of the work of the Lord, which God has all believers to do. The therefore follows a discussion by Paul in which he calms fears and misunderstandings the Corinthian believers had about eternal life. He reminds them that the fear of death and the power of sin no longer rule over us, for Christ has given us the victory.

Paul encourages the Corinthians (and us) to abound in the work of the Lord or, in other words, to give ourselves to it fully. The Greek word is 'perisseuo', which means to superabound, to excel, to be abundant, enough and to spare, over and beyond, and beyond what is necessary.

We are to have this attitude in our ministry to others: helping in some role to spread the gospel, serving the poor, encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ, serving the sick, showing hospitality, etc. However, having this attitude in our work in the home, knowing that what we do there also pleases the Lord, will help us to find joy in our work.

Abounding in our work or giving ourselves fully to it means that we will not just see how little we can get away with but put love and heart into what we do. We will serve people as if we were serving Jesus. One example we can take is that of the woman who anointed Jesus in Luke 7:36-50. Her gratitude for the forgiveness Jesus gave her and her love for Him prompted her to serve Him with everything she had. She did not let criticism from others stop her from showing love to her Lord.

Happy Home Keeping

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