I don’t know about your house, but by the end of summer my house is a disaster. I have so many active, busy, creative kids that over the summer we usually put the housekeeping aside in favor of more fun activities. There is play-doh smashed onto my front patio, bits of craft paper fluttering across the family room floor and art projects displayed on the table and counters.
I think the wake-up call to me that it might be time to do some end-of -summer cleaning though, was this morning when I saw that my daughter had written, “I love you Mommy,” in the dust on top of the coffee maker!
The funny thing is, for me, this lack of concern over housekeeping is actually a huge growth step. Yes, every now and then over the past two months I have had a freak out day and had the kids blitz-clean the house. But for the most part, I have been far more relaxed.
I wish I could have been more relaxed when my older children were young. There were far too many evenings that I would stay up late, after putting them all to bed and frantically clean my house. This really didn’t accomplish anything other than wearing me out. The house would get just as messy the next day, and ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine never once showed up to photograph my house!
I am so grateful that Jesus keeps working on our hearts, not leaving us in our messes. He has worked so much on my heart in this area of performance based works and filled my heart instead with grace and compassion for myself and my children. I am by no means perfect, but I know He is going to keep teaching me and leading me.
I know as we approach the fall and all that it entails for us as parents, either getting our kids back to school or beginning homeschooling again, we can easily fall into performance thinking. My prayer is that we can all take a deep breath and remember that Jesus is holding it all, including us, in His hands–even on the days when the love notes are written in dust.
“…Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with His finger.” John 8:6