BY KATRINA COSTALES
Verse to Memorize: "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." Col 3: 23,24
Vacuuming was my least favorite household chore. I decided it had to be because of my vacuum cleaner, a new vacuum would make the task enjoyable. I read reviews and planned my purchase. I was so excited to use my new vacuum! I thought, “Problem solved! My attitude toward vacuuming has changed.” However, I was quickly back to dreading the task. The problem was not the vacuum, it was me. I needed to change my attitude, not change my vacuum. Vacuuming was bringing out the dirt in my heart. My internal struggle was made visible on the outside. Because attitude comes from thinking, I knew my thinking was wrong. When I took time to journal my thoughts, I discovered many unbiblical thoughts. I did not believe that work was a good thing, but that I had better things to do with my time. My motivation was wrong. I was working for the praise of man. I wanted my husband to notice when I vacuumed. If he did not, I would point it out. I also did not want others to see it dirty. My thoughts sounded like this, “I did all that work and no one noticed, or I wish they would have to come over yesterday when the floor was freshly vacuumed.” If someone spilt something, I would become irritated with them.
God was not in my thoughts. I was not working for Him. Because of my habitual internal dialog, my heart was not soft toward God's word. I did not see the biblical applications in my everyday tasks of life. My thinking and motivation needed to change before I could have a right attitude about vacuuming or any other work. My mind needed to be renewed by the word of God. There were so many biblical principles for me to learn, e.g., reverence for God in my work, gratitude, stewardship, being a godly wife, and caring for my home. I began to think on verses likeColossians 3:23-24 instead of my previous sinful internal dialog. I am thankful that the Bible is so relevant to everyday tasks and struggles of life. May your “whatever you do” tasks draw you closer to God and conform you to the image of Christ.