“Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!
Psalm 90:12,17 (The Message Bible)
During the summer between sixth and seventh grade, my mother hired me to do the housework. Cleaning: one dollar; laundry (which meant using the old Maytag with the ringer and tubs of water, hanging them out, folding clothes, and ironing): two dollars.
My mother was wise to hire me to do her housework, as it kept me busy during the week, while other kids wasted time sleeping or goofing off—sometimes getting into trouble.
When I set up my own household, I uses my mother’s pattern of doing homemaking chores, except for sewing, which she didn’t do. I disciplined myself by not sewing until the ironing was done. Therefore, I rarely sewed.
What if I’d sewn anyway? The ironing would have been done by the “need factor,” like when my husband might ask, “Where’s my shirts for work?”
I spent my life disciplined to work first and play second. Play didn’t always happen either. Today, I’ve learned that what is important takes precedence over things that can wait—like choosing to write my daily blog instead of washing the kitchen floor. When I write first thing in the morning, God affirms my work by giving me clarity and joy.
Help us, Lord, prioritize our lives to enjoy work and play. Amen.