The other day I was painting a very big birdcage with black paint because it makes the birds stand out when you look at the cage. I discovered something surprising. Painting is great therapy!
With the soothing swishing of the brush, the gentle breeze across my skin and the melodic chirping of the birds having a bath in the water bowls, I felt a soothing in my soul. I suddenly realised I should do this more often. Maybe that is why Bruce has taken up painting at his missions in the different parishes.
Oh, how surprised I was to be enjoying a chore. Even the word ‘chore’ sounds unlovable. And yet I had felt so peaceful.
Then I remembered a woman I know who daily does chores for her husband who has had a stroke and is unable to do many things for himself. These chores are never-ending and so consistent that no time out for her occurs until her husband is asleep at night. By then she is so exhausted that sleep is a blessing. In the morning when the sun rises, her chores begin all over again.
My chores aren’t even chores at all, and I sometimes do them so grumpily that I know I am being ungrateful for all the blessings God has given me. God said to Abraham in Genesis 12: 1-3, “I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing.“ It was a command. Jesus then commanded us to, “Love your neighbour as yourself.“ (Matt 22:39)
Are we a blessing in other people’s lives? There is always someone less fortunate than us. Could we “Love others as I have loved you?“ (John 15:12) That is what distinguishes a Christian from a non-Christian. Are we identifiable by this distinction or do we blend in with everyone else?
We should stand out like the light on the hill by being happy to give, happy to serve and do chores and loving like Christ did – till it hurts. That is what this wife does for her husband every day, loving till it hurts, seeking no reward. This woman is a saint. Maybe I will never attain that, but with God’s grace, I can extend love to others. I can try to enjoy the hard chores and allow God to soothe my soul like when I was painting. His therapy is always soothing, eternal and rewarding and God says to store up your rewards in Heaven for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt 6:20-21)
Someone I know was in Bunnings the other day and overheard a couple say, “we can only afford two.” They were looking in their wallet and calculating how much money they had and how much two pavers would cost. It came to a total of about eleven dollars. Then a person walked up to them and gave them a gift card so they could buy another six pavers if they wanted. You should have seen their faces. Are we a blessing even to people, even strangers? Could we love others even the others we don’t know and show the world we care? It is only then that the world may listen to the word, God loves them.
Be a blessing this week.
God created us to be born in this day and this age to complete tasks just for us. He has gifted us with the Holy Spirit to do these good works and wants us to invest back into His Kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 12:4 it says that there are different spiritual gifts for different kinds of service. God equips us with the tasks He gives us things to do. Does that mean we are to seek after these tasks?
No seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you – so seek Him and His Kingdom and you will find your tasks and service. You will then also find fulfillment in what you do and who you are! What more can you ask of life!