Friday, May 20, 2016

Washing Dishes

I realize the title of this blog post seem weird, but just hang on and you will see that the title makes perfect sense.

Growing up, one of my chores was washing dishes. We had a dishwasher, but there were times my grandmother wanted the dishes done by hand. I hated the chore of washing dishes. Just the thought of picking up a utensil that someone else's mouth was on sounded gross. Obviously, I did the dishes because I wanted the reward that came with it. That reward was money.

As I have matured through the early years of my marriage and becoming a mom to four boys, doing the dishes isn't as daunting. In fact, I love doing the dishes now. I have a window over my kitchen sink that has a great view of what I think is nice landscaping and a very pretty sky. I love doing the dishes because I can stare out and think about life. I use the time to reflect on God and on my family. I also use the time to pray which helps me relax, especially if there are a ton of dishes to do.

Do I miss a dishwasher? Yes. Is washing dishes by hand time consuming? Yes. Is the reward worth it? Yes. The reward, now, is so much better than money. My reward is a happy family that has clean dishes to use for each meal.

I know, for some, doing the dishes is a daunting task, but I always try to find the positive in doing something that can be unenjoyable. I hope you find a positive in a task that seems daunting or find a way to make a task less daunting. You can use the task as your quiet time or as your prayer time.

Always do whatever task comes to you with faith, hope, and love.

The view over my sink. 



5 comments:

  1. The Bible says that we are to do ALL things unto the Lord - including (it's an issue for me for sure) washing dishes :)

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  2. I think sometimes it is quicker to do the dishes myself! I agree though that sometimes it's just some quiet time to think about what you need to get done for the day, or to be grateful for what you have, or to say some prayers for those around you.

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  3. I need to learn how to enjoy dishes. I'm glad you have found joy in the simple things in life. A very good perspective to have.

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  4. I admire that you can be upbeat about this. I would still miss my dishwasher! My grandma always enjoys doing dishes by hand even though she has a dishwasher!

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  5. I love washing dishes because like you, I know that my family will be having a dinner with clean dishes around! And I also loves cooking!

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