Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Real Chore Chart

"Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox." Proverbs 14:4

This verse jumped out at me tonight.  Life is busy, messy, fast-paced, crazy.  Some days I am able to jump in with my kids and hit the balance between what absolutely must happen to keep my house running, and what we can do together as a family to bless each other and those around us.  But most days, I spend too much time dealing with the "stuff" of our lives...laundry, shopping, picking up, scheduling, driving.  I rationalize it all as important, but really, is it?  While we are not meant to live in squalor, I'm pretty sure God's master list does not include "perfect the art of vacuum lines" next to my name.  I don't think it even lists "teach children to complete chores" or "cook organic food."

No, I am pretty sure his list for me looks a lot like my kids' chore charts...a few basic tasks and then "whatever else Mommy asks you to do...be a good listener."

Mommy's Chores:
Care for the hurting
Show love to lonely children
Bless your family
Build up others
Share what you have been given
Love your neighbors
Whatever else God asks you to do...be a good listener

No laundry, no vacuuming, not even the toilets get a mention.  The problem is that sometimes I get so busy with my own to-do list that I forget to do my real chores.  I get so busy building my Lego rocket ship that making my bed never crosses my mind.  If I had a chore chart, I would not have many stickers.

Just like my children, I need to practice obedience.  I need to put aside my own will and remember what I am being asked to do FIRST.  Then, if I have time left over, I can rock the vacuum lines.

Linking Up:
Graced Simplicity
Just One Mommy
Reasons to Skip the Housework
Raising Memories
Saturday Show and Tell


  1. What a beautiful list of the chores that are REALLY important!

    Thanks for linking up this week!

  2. I adore your chore list!!! I am going to make a copy of it and keep it on my pin board, thanks!!

  3. Great post,and I'm impressed with your vacuum lines! Visiting from the Honest Voices fb group.