As I think about chores, I’m realizing that regardless of my actions, I need to make some changes in my attitude. The wrath of man does not work God’s righteousness. So this week and next, I’ll be working on some areas in my own life that need attention.
As for my children, I could launch right into establishing consequences for inadequate obedience, but the thought has occurred to me that I probably should do some teaching first. So, in the next few days, I’m going to talk deliberately about work (not just when I’m irritated that they’re not doing what I expect, as I’ve been doing).
Where shall I start? I’ve alluded to
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. II Thessalonians 3:10
I think we’ll talk about this first. As part of connecting work and eating, I need to be more consistent getting things cleaned up before mealtimes rather than after or worse, when the inspiration hits. I think that routine will be helpful for us all.
The ant passage is another good one. Perhaps it would be a good thing to purchase an ant farm, too. I remember last fall I made ant headbands for the children and they worked diligently for awhile. Maybe I should get those back out when we reread the ant passage. I suppose our children are like us adults; we need repetition occasionally.
Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6-11
That’s all for now.