I wondered a few days ago- what would my laundry say, if it could talk. Would it wonder who the crazy, forgetful, frazzled lady is? Or would it be proud of me for being able to find it after a few days of taking some out and dropping some, even?
Hmmm...if my laundry could talk, last week it might have said:
-Hey, remember me?! Lady, get off the computer and put me away.
-Weren't you supposed to be done with that newsletter?
-Why are you worried? Didn't you go through this before and did God not deliver you?
-Girrrrrrrrrl, your son needs new underwear, don't wash these socks anymore; throw them out and buy him more.
-You STILL have your Christmas tree up?
-You don't need another cup of coffee.
-Put that cookie down! That's not how you deal with stress.
-Yes, those tights are too tight and the holiday food wasn't too kind.
-Please, no pity party.
-I don't see the bed sheets- you didn't wash them???
-Look at that clutter on the table- again! Ok, calm down, it's nothing you can't do in a matter of minutes.
Fortunately, my laundry doesn't talk. But boy, would I be embarrassed if it could! Being a follower of Christ during busy seasons gets tougher for our flesh. We push Bible study aside for a later time (that sometimes doesn't come) and use our schedule as an excuse. Yet, if we don't stay connected to the Word, our Sword in life, we are simply not equipped to handle our full schedules. Funny creatures, we are.
That's why it becomes easier to not practice what we preach when we're home alone; no accountability (or so we think) to anyone.
We fret, we want to pull our hair out, we raise our voice, we lose our joy, we run around like crazy, we condemn ourselves, and compare ourselves to others. Oh, but if we get a phone call or talk to someone on the go, we likely put our "I'm blessed and I know it," face on for the world to see and learn from. Because we have it all together. Right.
But what would our laundry say? And our Father who is ever present?
We must not condemn ourselves. We are to grow, to continue to blossom spiritually, to pick ourselves up when we fail, holding on to God's grace, and to keep in mind that He who knows all and sees all, loves us unconditionally. He wants us to try again.
So we didn't put laundry away; next week, we will!
So we were frazzled and frustrated; God still reigns and all will be well!
So our words weren't very godly and our actions didn't qualify us to be a Proverbs 31 woman- guess what? The Proverbs 31 woman isn't perfect. Nobody is, except the Lord. Determine to do better and fill yourself up with God's Word so that when life squeezes you a bit, the Word will squirt out instead of other not-so-godly words or attitudes.
What would YOUR laundry say? I'm sure it would say many good things. Don't focus on the bad, unless it's something of importance that needs to be dealt with. Remember, laundry can wait once in a while. I hope mine doesn't have to this week, ha ha!
Be blessed and enjoy your week!