I wasn't thinking of it as overwhelming, just going over it in my mind, and then a thought occured to me.
Every chore that I have on my list is a reminder of a specific blessing in my life.
I am so very blessed to have clothes to wash fold and put away...there are many who have very little. There are many who have no shoes, no washer or dryer, no soap...no laundry basket to sit by the bed...no bed.
I am so very blessed to have grout to clean. I have a home with tile floors, I have a roof over my head, walls to keep me safe and warm...or cool. There are so many who have dirt floors, a sheet of aluminum for a roof, ...or no home at all.
I am so very blessed to have a shower that needs a scrubdown, a potty to clean, and sink to wash out. I have not one, but two bathrooms in my home. There are many who have no place for such a private luxury. No plumbing or pipes to take away the refuse, no soft towels to dry off with, so soap or shampoo....no clean water to bathe in.
I am so very blessed to be making new curtains for my bedroom. I have fabric, money, a sewing machine, and a home with glass windows that let in sunshine but keep out rain. There are many who can't even imagine that kind of life.
Every day, do we take for granted the "normal" things in our lives? Or can we take a moment to remember how blessed we are, and to thank the gracious God who has given us those gifts.
If you have a home, you are blessed.
If you are struggling with finances, you are still blessed.
If you think feeding your family is expensive, you are feeding them, you are blessed.
If your have a toothbrush, a plate, a cup, a mirror, a brush, a pair of socks, you are blessed.
Have you ever stared into the pantry and wondered what to make for dinner? I have. Have you ever noticed how much food is in there, and yet you still say "There's nothing to make for dinner"? We are so incredibly blessed. How do I know I can include YOU in this? Becuase you are sitting at a computer reading it. If you can do that, you are blessed.
We are rich beyond belief when we compare ourselves to those who go without what we would consider basic necessities each and every day. Our homes are mansions, our cars are chariots, our food is lavish, our clothing like that of royalty. When you look at your life that way, chores become a gift.
We are blessed to be given the opportunity to care for these things we have been given. Fold those clothes with honor and delight. Make that shower sparkle, no matter it's size or the materials it is made from, it is an amazing gift that you have been blessed with. Tuck in those sheets and make those beds with a song in your heart for you are blessed that at night you can lay on a mattress, pull those blankets up over your body and feel safe, warm and blessed.
Thank you Lord Jesus for all your precious gifts. Help us to always remember to be thankful for those things that we have become the norm for us. Help us to see that even our very basic items are such a huge gift, from You.
"He who is generous will be blessed..." ~ Proverbs 22:9a