I admit it. I have a cynical attitude toward household tasks. After years of laundry and loading lunch boxes, I had hoped my displeasure would have been miraculously transformed into prayerful solace. Alas, it has not.
Some monks have humbly done laundry for decades. Some women seem to make housework into Nirvana. Others claim to have closets that look like Pinterest pictures. Yeah. That’s not me.
However, spirituality doesn’t take a complete back seat when I am busy doing the stuff of life. Transforming daily, menial tasks into something less irritating and slightly more holy is a learned skill. Here are some ideas:
Shake it up–I try to find a new way of doing the old things all the time. Maybe I’ll do one person’s laundry today and another’s individual loads tomorrow. It lessens the trips taken around the house so I don’t feel like I am on some sort of house tour every time I put away laundry. I just go to one room and plop in on the bed. Amen!
Do it faster–I have timed myself doing certain tasks. I started doing this to show my children how long it took to do “x”. However, what I found was that I was trying to beat my record all the time. If I cleaned the kitchen in 10 minutes yesterday, I’m going to go gold today by making it 8. Alleluia!
Pray during work–Sometimes if I am cleaning a bedroom — let’s say changing the sheets — I will pray for the one that sleeps there. When I see dirty cleats that need to be picked up, I thank God for the kid that is able to dirty them. Praise the Lord!
This all sounds very holy, I know. But trust me, I’m not. I strive for it — but never quite get there.
The good news is that an attitude change — powered by the Holy Spirit — is always just a prayer away.
“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.” Colossians 3:23-24
How do you transform daily activities into something interesting?
How have you managed to include spirituality into routines?