Wednesday Words: Work

You know the phrase, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? On Saturday at our home, Mama wasn’t happy.

We had planned on going somewhere special that day, but the floor needed to be swept, and the grass needed to be mown, and the laundry needed to be done, and nothing had been dusted or vacuumed in some time, not to mention the state of the bedrooms. Yikes. I called the adventure off, because it seemed like people believed we could play all the time, and the house would magically clean itself. So we had a frank talk at lunch about work, and about stewardship and taking care of the things that God has given us, including our bodies, our toys, our home, our yard.

Funny how our lesson on Sunday was about work. Work is a blessing, giving us purpose and satisfaction and meaning. One of the most important things we can do as parents is to teach our children how to work. Sadly, it’s not always an easy lesson to learn.

Of course, one could still wish the house would magically clean itself…


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