Today as I was folding the laundry and thinking about the dryer which was full of sheets and towels that would need to be folded next, instead of complaining about a task that I’d rather not be doing, I found myself saying a silent prayer of thanksgiving to God. Thanking Him that I have people to love and take care of, and people that love and take care of me as well. It’s interesting what a little perspective will do for you.
If we think about it, there are probably plenty of mundane tasks that we engage in on a daily or weekly basis, that could be turned into moments of praise. Preparing a meal could be a call to pray for the farmers who have grown and harvested our food and a chance to thank the Lord for the people who will sit around the table and fellowship with us as we eat it. Dusting, mopping, vacuuming, scrubbing and generally tidying up the house are chances to ask God to remove the dirt and clutter from our lives which keeps us from enjoying His presence and to thank Him for washing our sins away and leaving us whiter than snow. Unloading the dishwasher or unpacking the groceries and putting everything in its place might be a chance to thank God for the order that He brings to our lives.
These are just a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless! So the next time you find yourself doing another mundane task, before you allow a spirit of complaining to enter in, stop for a moment and relish the fact that in many ways the very act of doing this task proves that you are blessed beyond measure. If you decide to give it a try, I would love to hear about the ways that God speaks to you in the simplest of activities!