When I was growing up, my mother insisted that we do chores after we had watched our favorite Saturday morning cartoons. We cleaned our bathroom and bedrooms from top to bottom, changed the sheets on our beds, folded and put away our laundry, dusted and vacuumed and did yard work. Only when we were finished were we allowed to play.
I carried this habit into adulthood. And when I got married and had my first apartment, I kept an immaculate house. Then I had kids. Life’s priorities change when you have kids. The word “immaculate” fell out of favor and was exchanged with phrases like “lived in” and “it’s fine”. Kids. They’re great. Really. And I taught them how to clean just like my mother did.
For a time, my kids were a huge help. They cleaned their own bathrooms and bedrooms. They helped with the dishes and laundry. Then one day they grew up and moved out and I realized how many of the chores I used to do on a regular basis had fallen by the wayside or been absorbed into the “lived in” and the “it’s fine” category, with no kids left at home to even help out with the basics.
I also suffer from chronic health conditions and debilitating arthritis. Over the years I had learned to really depend on my kids and my husband to help me, and I’ve also settled for a lot less than I had when I was younger.
It made me sad. I saw how my parent’s house deteriorated as they aged. The kitchen sink was always clean, but dust and clutter multiplied quickly with no one able to keep it all in check. I don’t want that to happen to me.
I took it to the Lord, and I laid my pride at His feet. (Funny how I can lay everything down at His feet, but can’t seem to lay even the smallest burden down to ask a friend to help!) His answer was simple: Your desire for a clean house matters to Me because you matter to Me.
My wellness has value to God.
Cleanliness for me became a symbol of wellness, and my pride had kept me from that wellness. I blamed my fading cleanliness on kids growing up and my disability. Only when I took it to the Lord in humility and acknowledged my pride did I see the Lord’s heart for me. I didn’t want to ask for help? I didn’t want to pay for house cleaning? Because of pride?
Do I boast in myself or do I boast in Christ? My wellness matters to God. He has seen the desire of my heart. He has heard my plea for help. He showed me grace for my pride and my stubbornness. And he’s blessed me with the finances to hire some help.
Since January of this year a crew from Totally Clean ICT has come regularly to clean my house. They are a locally owned company, run by two Latina women. I get to bless them with my business and they get to give me back my clean house. That’s a win win in my book.
Because wellness has value to God. Thank you, Lord, for always providing for my needs.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19