Recently, God helped me to see two places in my life in which things were not running smoothly and causing more stress than they should. Both were laundry related, and I continue to be amazed that God cares about all the things in my life, even the amount of smelly laundry we make.
I’ve tried lots of different ways that I’ve seen other moms talk about making laundry easier, but it wasn’t until God creatively revealed what works for me that I saw fruit.
God inspired me with the two simplest solutions. The first was that I get a different colored towel for each kid (ridiculously simple, right? It has eliminated so much extra towel laundry because they can keep track of it) and the second is that each kid gets a basket that their clean laundry gets sorted into and they put it away at their convenience (or when I finally have to make them). Once again, this isn’t rocket science, but they were just the solutions I needed to alleviate stress from the massive amounts of laundry that a 7-person family can accumulate.
God gave me these creative solutions to make my family run better. He wants us to do all our tasks with excellence. My work as a wife, mother, and homemaker should always reflect His brilliance.
Creativity is seeing the world with limitless God opportunities.
Imagine what could happen if the body of Christ steps away from thinking creativity means paintbrushes and canvases, and into believing that every single person is called to be creative. If we are made in the image of the ultimate Creator who made EVERYTHING out of NOTHING, then we certainly can do our daily tasks with holy innovation.
Creativity is looking for divine solutions for the big and little problems of our days.
God desires to inspire each and every person to holy innovation, but often we lack the ability to believe that we are indeed creative and immediately dismiss His wisdom.
Instead of partnering with God, how often do we just bring Him our “buts”?
“But that could never work.”
“But that solution is too easy”
“But that would be too hard”
“But that’s not something I could ever do.”
God doesn’t want your big “buts”, He wants your yes. He doesn’t reveal these things to you to make your life harder, but easier.
When Mary did was told that she would carry and nurture the Son of God she answered, “May it be to me as you have said.” She didn’t give God her big list of “buts”, even though she certainly could have been entitled to them! God asked her to be a part of His creative solution to save the whole entire world. What if instead of being a yielded vessel, she talked her way out of it because the challenges were too large? God would have certainly used someone else to bring the Savior into the world, but it wouldn’t have been Mary. She wouldn’t have received eternal blessing for the great responsibilities and risks she took here on earth.
God’s solutions are divine GIFTS! How rude we are when we give him our big “Buts” instead.
So let us be the ones willing to surrender to even the crazy ideas of our Lord, to be the ones willing to tell him, “May is be to me as you have said.”
(Post two of Blogtober)