Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm Not Doing Bible

Our daughter has been working diligently this past week on learning her Bible memory verse. Her verse is found in Colossians 4:6 and it says, "Let your speech be always with grace that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man". She has quoted this verse daily to us, and we just talked this morning AGAIN about the meaning of the verse.
LESS THAN AN HOUR from this lesson, our son insisted that his sister should help him look for elements so that he could complete his science project. This was her prime opportunity to apply what SHE JUST LEARNED AND MEMORIZED! I hear a shriek coming from the kitchen table with large volumes of letting her brother know that wasn't her job to do his science. Her daddy calmly called her into the office to have her quote her Bible memory verse AGAIN. In a moderately loud disgusted voice she replied, "I'M NOT DOING BIBLE NOW!" (Do you think???)!
This is the problem with many of us Christians. We compartmentalize our life instead of letting God flow through each area of our life. I have to remind myself daily that the mundane things are still an opportunity to serve the Lord. If I don't watch myself and my thought process, I find myself complaining and grumbling. I am queen of getting my point across without using words. I can stir up an entire house by stomping around (complete with sighing) and making sure that each and every person who lives here knows that I am the cleaning martyr. I have to be careful to remember to glorify the Lord even when I am frustrated with the daily things in life. I can change my entire outlook and actions when I remember that everything I do is for the glory of the Lord. I go from being Queen of Grumbling to being the Daughter of the Most High whose heart is ready to serve the Lord and my family. In this attitude, I can continue training my children to be servants and helpers. This brings so much peace in our home...now all I have to do is to put it into action in the hard areas of my life!!!!!!
grace and peace,


VoiceInTheWilderness said...

I have been guilty of proclaiming myself the cleaning martyr, too. Thanks for the reminder to keep a godly perspective.

TnFullQuiver said...

I think most mothers are guilty of claiming that we are the cleaning martyr..the cleaning crew...the cleaning everything!!! And yes, it is the Godly perspective that keeps our focus on what it should be on...God Himself. Hope you enjoy your day of cleaning. From the looks of my house this morning, I will be busy with cleaning once again!
grace and peace,