The gift of order
January 12 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

The gift of order | Friday, Jan. 12, 2001

Friday, Jan. 12, 2001

The gift of order

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor I don't know if age has anything to do with it, but I've noticed that my approach to little household tasks is changing. We share the chores at our house. I used to tolerate housework with good humor, but I'm finding increasing satisfaction in doing things that need to be done, and trying to do them well. I've learned to look at small tasks as an integral part of a larger and more important picture.

I like to have clean clothes to wear. Carrying, sorting, washing, drying, folding and returning clothes to their proper place are all parts of "doing the laundry."

I like to eat. Planning and shopping, peeling and chopping, mixing and mashing, oiling and boiling, grilling and chilling all contribute to putting good food on the table.

The same step-by-step process comes into play in washing the dishes, cleaning the floors, scrubbing the bathroom or mowing the lawn. These are simple (if never-ending) tasks that show clear progress toward a desired end.

I'm becoming more aware that there also can be joy in each little step: tossing colorful vegetables in the wok, coaxing the last little bit of casserole from the dish, folding T-shirts so they'll fit in the drawer, making the bed neatly, shining shoes.

When approached as onerous tasks that keep us away from what we'd rather be doing, chores such as these can seem burdensome and depressing.

But when valued as worthy and meaningful endeavors, even menial chores can result in a lift to the spirit that comes with a job well done.

God's gifts to us come in many shapes and forms. Even the ability to do small things well is a gift that is worthy of appreciation.

Having learned that lesson, I'm afraid God will soon have another gift for me: the garage.

(EDITOR'S NOTE-For those who are watching my weight, the current count is 216, down from 223.)

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