I walked into the kids’ room to get the laundry and quickly noticed the clothes were all over their bedroom floors. I thought about asking them to pick up their dirty clothes and put it in the laundry basket, but then asked myself, “What’s the point.” As I bent over to pick up the clothes, the Stephen Curtis Chapman song started ringing through my head:
“You’re picking up toys on the living room floor for the fifteenth time today
Matching up socks, sweeping up lost Cheerios that got away.”
As I reached for the laundry basket to pull it downstairs, my one year old decided to help. Sometimes… sometimes, he is the cutest. Most of the time… he’s spoiled… well, he wanted to take the basket himself, so I let him drag it. But he stopped in front of the couch, pulled out a dirty shirt and shook it like he was going to fold it for me.
Adorable- yes. But I had to tell him no buddy, we need to wash it first.
He was not too happy about that. But even I thought- what’s the point? It’s just going to get dirty again.
What’s the point?
I mean seriously. Why wash those clothes? No one is going to see them. We’re quarantined. We’re stuck at home. So what if they wear dirty clothes?
Ok, so those song lyrics picked up in my head as I had that thought.
“While I may not know you, I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?
Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace with every move that you make
And every little thing you do”
It matters. It all matters. Because you are doing His work. Even if all you are doing is taking care of your children, you are making a Kingdom impact.
Those kids are going to grow up to make an impact on the world. The way you raise them, is the way they will instinctively live.
I want my kids to happily serve their family. When chores come about, I want them to wear a smile as they improve the quality of life for their loved one. I don’t want them fighting the instinct to whine and cry about doing housework. I want them to happily serve!
Yes, it may seem like it doesn’t matter. But it does.
If all you do as a mom is raise a Christian who lovingly raises more Christians, that’s a BIG deal!
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31