As a little girl, I remember going outside with my baby doll and playing house. I looked so forward to the day that I would have a real house. I spent countless hours pretending to cook dinners made of mud and leaves and sprinkled with dog food. I had to add the dog food in order for my German Shepherd to want to eat it! I kept her food in my pocket and she followed me around the yard throughout all of my imagination wanderings. Looking back, it is funny to me to realize that my childhood backyard house never needed cleaning. It was a magical time where I could play the part without having to do the work.
I have since grown up and had a house of my own for many years. Michael and I are now on our 22 year of marriage. I have to laugh at myself because some days I would rather be outside dreaming of something else than taking care of the house that I now have. I have grand visions of how clean and beautiful I will keep our house when all the renovations are completed. When I am honest with myself, I know that no matter how pretty the finished product is I will still have to wash the same yucky dishes and clean up the same muddy paw prints! I am challenging myself to be content with what I have at this moment even if it means my walls are undone and my floors are unfinished. Being thankful changes my outlook. If I am thankful for the food that we consumed, than the dirty dishes aren't such a problem. It would be heartbreaking if we had no food to put on those dishes. If I am thankful for the farm that we own, the dirt from the yard isn't such a big deal. It is all in the attitude. Today is one of those days that I would love to go outside and sit on the fence and dream about something else. I am old enough to know that it would be more productive to just finish the task at hand rather than let my thoughts carry me away to another project or place. My heart is full of thanksgiving for what the Lord has given me...the good, the bad, and the dirty. It is time to once again tackle those dirty dishes and piles of laundry with a grateful heart. Then maybe there will still be time to go outside and dream of dreams that have yet to come to past knowing full well that when I go back inside, my house will be clean!
grace and peace,