Chores…laundry…cleaning…these words make most of us groan. If we are honest, even if we love a clean and tidy home, the actually work of these things is not our favorite thing. And if we have children, our less than enthusiastic approach to housework and home management can translate down to whiney kids who don’t want to work around the house. So what are we to do? Do we pretend to love the chores and scold our kids when they don’t? While we do not tolerate whining, is grudgingly performing tasks at hand enough obedience? I think not.
My goal is teaching all my kids, and especially my girls, the details of cleaning and home management, as with any teaching that happens in our home, has always been to create capable, competent adults with the greatest chance for success in the world. We want them to go out, be successful in whatever God calls them to do, and come back to visit, but not to live!
So how can my attitude about chores affect their success as adults? It is simple…If I teach them to dislike work at home, that attitude is contagious and soon they will dislike all work. The Bible is very clear that we are to do all things as though we are serving the Lord. Colossians 3:17 tells us “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
We are to work in the name of Jesus, giving thanks as we go. How would your house be different if, instead of complaining that there were dishes to wash or floors to mop, you took the time to pray, out loud and with your kids, thanking God that you have dishes and floors that need to be cleaned and praying for those that don’t?
Changing our attitude in this one area, our chores, can change the whole tone of our homes!