“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17, NIV
Thanksgiving Devotional Day 7
Tyler hated unloading the dishwasher when the plates were clean. To him, the task felt pointless. In just a few hours all of the dishes would be used anyway, so he wondered why he should even bother doing that chore.
Tyler’s wife didn’t share his feelings. She worked long hours and was rarely home. She expressed several times how much it meant to her when Tyler did small chores like emptying the dishwasher.
Still, Tyler saw no reason to change until he heard a friend quote Louie Giglio. “Every action on earth except sin can be done as an offering back to God,” his friend shared.
He immediately thought of unloading the dishwasher and other chores he put off for another day. When he thought of them as a way to honor God, they didn’t seem pointless anymore. Now, he viewed them as opportunities to show his love for God and his wife.
To keep a cheerful attitude, Tyler used his chore time to express gratitude. Not only did the chores go by faster, but he also discovered many ordinary gifts that he’d spent years overlooking.
God, I confess: sometimes I ignore my chores, or I do them with a bad attitude. Help me to look at these mundane tasks as a way to glorify You and show my loved ones how much I care.