So messy houses remind us to be thankful for the oxen.
"Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox" (Proverbs 14:4).
But do I need to be doing it all alone?
Think about the latter part of this verse.
And consider another Proverb:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when his old he wil not depart from it" (22:6).
As we train our children in the right ways, which I believe include the spiritual ways AND the practical ways, we eventually see the "much increase comes by the strength of the ox."
When Big Sister was about 7 years old, I finally awoke to the fact that I was doing her a major disservice by only requiring her to pick up her toys and make up her bed. She was capable of so much more and could contribute to the team in many ways, if only I would take the time to teach and train her.
We started small, but it did not take long to realize how much a child could accomplish, given the chance and the instruction.
It is such a blessing now to see that she can do ANY TASK IN OUR HOME if and when needed. From baking and cooking to washing and ironing to cleaning and childcare, she is able to jump in and handle it, even if it is not her normal chore, because at sometime or another, she has been trained to do it and given the opportunity to practice it.
Bigger Brother is just as capable and often accomplishes some of these tasks better than I do!
The other children are still being trained in several "job opportunities" and still need. . .ahem. . .more practice before promotion. :0) Some showing more promising signs of moving up the ranks than others. . . .but I digress. . .
Imagine the benefits of intentional life skills training. How many of you had to call home to ask Mom about every little thing after you were married? I know I did. Seems like everytime I turned on the stove, I was picking up the phone!
I hope it will also instill in them a strong work ethic, a sense of "do it right, do it light; do it wrong, do it long" (as hubby says, lol), and hopefully help them to strive towards diligence and responsibility.
And praying for servant-hearts to be moulded in the process. . .
What about you? How has this played out in your home?