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.|