Get your hands dirty doing good works

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As a mom of five there’s always something to do. Dinner has to be served, dishes have to be done, floors need to be vacuumed, the children need my attention – and of course: laundry. It just never ends.

I was doing the laundry today, and the words ‘good works’ came to mind. Good works are often associated with charity work. If I would sign up as a volunteer to help out in an orphanage in Uganda, and I would be busy with taking care of helpless, poor little orphans, and make sure their environment is safe and hygienic – you could say: I am doing ‘good works’.

However, since I have obligations here at home, something like that isn’t going to happen –  although it seems very adventurous to me.

Insignificant chores?

But why do the chores I have to do at home often seem so insignificant? Is it ‘holier’ to change diapers in Uganda than to change the diaper of my own little boy? Or is cleaning sanitary facilities ‘far away’ of more value than scrubbing the toilet in my own home? Is feeding the mouths of hungry Ugandan children more important than preparing dinner for my own family?

The Bible says: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10.

And: “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17.

Prepared in advance

Do I actually notice these ‘good works’ throughout the day, the works God has prepared in advance for me? Perhaps I long to do the things that seem significant in my own eyes. But by doing so I might overlook these prepared works right in front of me – even though I almost trip over them, literally!

And how do I perform these works, the small and the big tasks, the fun and the boring chores? Is my attitude well-pleasing to God?

Thinking about ‘good works’ helped me refocus my perspective: in all these seemingly insignificant daily chores I can glorify the name of the Lord, by doing my work wholeheartedly for Him, and give thanks in everything!

What is your attitude towards your daily chores? What are your thoughts about ‘good works’?

– Anne


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