How are your preparations going? We’re not finished yet! Today, let’s do something to serve the ones in our home. I hear you saying you do that every day – lol! You may feel as though you serve those in your own household every day, but I want to invite you to take a look at the chores assigned to each member of your family.
Who usually feeds the pets? Who usually gathers the garbage to go out to the curb every week? Who is the one that cleans the toilets? Ugh… lovely chore there!
Today I want you to do a chore that you don’t usually do – just take over and do it – no pomp or circumstance – and no announcement. Just do it. When you are asked WHY you did it – then you can let your family member know how much you appreciate them – and their faithfulness in doing that chore on a regular basis. In my family, that would be followed by “Don’t expect it all the time, but…”
Do we tend to take our family members for granted? Well of course we do! When the trash gets taken out to the curb – it just magically takes itself out, right? Stuff just happens – we each have our chores and that’s how life works smoothly. This is just a little exercise to let your family members know they are appreciated.
As we take in the life and light of our Lord, may it shine forth in our attitudes and actions toward others, but especially in our own homes… that’s where our mission should always begin – inside the walls of our own residence.
GOD WITH US… EMMANUEL. He is our gift of hope in these uncertain and divisive days. He loves every life – every soul is precious to Him – every one of us matter to Him. We need to show appreciation for one another in our homes to begin with – then others around us – and finally to those who are a little further away – then we need to show the respect and honor to others that we want them to show to us. Wrap a gift for other people and call it respect. It sounds so very simple – why is it such a challenge?