I know the latest, greatest dishwashers are all supposed to be super quiet, but I really like my singing dishwasher.
Many years back I had a normal, rather noisy dishwasher, but then it broke. While waiting for the replacement part, my kids started washing the dishes by hand.
This was a game changer! Suddenly I didn’t have a mountain of hand-washable dishes to do each evening, the kids washed everything at once. And there were no more excuses of things not fitting into the dishwasher. Of course, new challenges arose. I had to create “dish weeks” because I didn’t want to listen to the argument about who was supposed to have washed the dishes left in the sink from an in-between-meal snack. I also had to navigate the complaining about having to wash the dishes in the first place.
However, I think this has been one of the very best character training tools I have had as a mother. And the benefit is once we get past all the griping, my dishwasher sings! Even though I very rarely wash any dishes these days, I have learned a lot personally by walking through this with my kids.
Unfortunately, I have recognized similar bad attitudes in myself, not about dishes, but about other things in my life that I simply don’t want to do. As I will be talking to one of my kids about their attitude toward their chores, I feel as though God is whispering to me about my attitude. Just like my children, though, if I can let my attitude go and obey what God is telling me to do next, I find myself able to sing.
When we get to the place of joyful, worshiping obedience I believe that not only are we and God blessed, but also those around us. We can then truly begin to be a light to others, and maybe they will even ask us how we can be singing when we are faced with a mountain–and not just one made of dishes!
“Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58