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Even though Bert’s response was sweet, I could tell he wasn’t happy. However, that line of reasoning made sense to me because the house didn’t look that bad, and what would people do without my insights? (Totally kidding with the last part of that sentence.)
Then a few days later, Sheila, one of my blog visitors, emailed me saying she was setting a goal to “respond in a cheerful voice consistently to my husband, even when I feel very tired.” Following suit, I decided to make it my goal to prioritize my husband above ministry, and do it cheerfully! Want to join me in resetting our priorities?
If we use Colossians 3:17 as our motivation, we could extend this concept to every relationship – even those at work, church and school. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (NASB).
This verse depicts the attitude I want to emulate: to do everything as one who is representing God Himself – with thanksgiving.
What if every word we spoke and every task we performed, we did so as if we were literally representing the ultimate Servant? I assure you, I would really have to depend on God’s presence within me to accomplish that – especially when you add the “giving thanks” part.
But could you imagine what that attitude could do for a marriage? For any relationship? Not to mention, giving a higher perspective to our tasks.
I truly believe we encounter amazing joy and peace as we pursue a higher level of service. Do you crave that kind of joy and peace? I sure do.
Each time we’re tempted to grumble when we have to clean the kitchen or scrub the toilet at home; or when we need to redo a work-related project for our boss – let’s make it our goal to do it all in Jesus’ name – with a thankful attitude.
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