October 1 – Do I HAVE To???

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.  Proverbs 8:34

I have a chore chart on the bathroom wall.  Each of our children from the oldest to our seven year-old has their name on it by a specific chore. (This is my attempt at a brilliant management move called delegation).  And in case any of these afore mentioned people decide they can’t read (they can), their names are followed by pictures of the chores.  I cannot conceive how to make it more simple or complete.

We’ve had the chart for 3 years now.  And. Still. I. Get. The. Same. Question. You guessed it. “Do I HAVE to do my bathroom chore today???????”

I guess I’m a glutton for punishment, being in the position to teach a skill or chore multiple upon multiple times for 11 kids.  Because as Solomon said, “nothing is new under the sun.” And I just have to post the verse here in the Amplified: “The thing that has been—it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 1:9

Seriously, I’m cracking up at this perfect explanation! “That which has been done (or NOT done) will be done again (or NOT done again).” Yep, we’re talking generational brain lapses (or pure de-laziness) since the time of Adam and Eve.

But here’s the cool thing.  Several years of this “yes, we are doing this EVERY day” routine does start to pay off.  Most of the time my older ones don’t need me anymore.  They can do it. No more reminders, except the occasional hiccup that looks like every one of us adults.

Unfortunately, and most wonderfully, I’ve learned that I’m just like ’em.  Every day, God is calling me to hear, to watch and to wait for His direction and His presence.  And He watches me, many times, struggle with getting through my day, knowing He could have helped me out before it all came crashing down around my head.

Lord, I’m sorry.  Sometimes I’m lazy and undisciplined.  I don’t get up and go straight to my Bible and start listening for your Voice.  I often run around and think I’m getting somewhere when I’m just running around in circles.  Yes, I HAVE to.  I HAVE to get everything I need from you, every day.  Tomorrow, I begin again. And Lord, just this once, can tomorrow be the day we get the bathroom clean?

Jennifer 🙂

P.S. Here’s another post I’ve written related to this devo: http://justafamilything.com/2014/02/02/til-the-cows-come-home/

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