Fresh Hope – Day 285

A lady had been married for many years to a very controlling husband.

Each day, she would have to work through the list of jobs that he would leave for her to accomplish while he was out at work. 

Checklists were written out on pieces of cardboard for each day of the week, so that he could keep an eye on the endless jobs. 

Her whole life had become a painful drudgery of going through the motions of a loveless marriage. 

Some years after her husband died, she married the man of her dreams. 

He loved her, and placed none of the expectations on her that she had gotten so used to.   

One day, as she was cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, she stumbled upon one of the old lists of ‘things to do’, left over from her previous husband. To her amazement, she was doing every one of the things on the list, but this time without any feelings of drudgery. 

Instead, she felt quite the opposite, in that she was happy to do them for a husband that loved her. It became obvious to her that doing things out of love was so different from doing things because she had to. 

Have you ever got yourself into a position whereby you know exactly what it feels like to do things because you feel you have to rather than because you want to?

Often, our lives can become just a list of never ending chores…take the kids to school, clean the house, go to work, cook the tea, wash up…the list is endless and repeats itself on a daily basis. 

Sometimes we can lose sight of our own personal happiness in doing all these tasks because we start to see them as a drudgery, rather than being thankful that we have a home, we have children, we have food and we have a job. 

Today, I encourage you to take a look again at your life, and rather than seeing it as a list of negatives, see it as a positive in that you are blessed to be able to do them.  

See what happens this week when you start to do things out of a grateful heart.  I can guarantee that you and everyone else around you will notice a big difference in the atmosphere of your home. 

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”

Pastor Mark

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