What If I Hate Doing Chores?

Who really LIKES to sweep, mop, vacuum or dust anyway?  Chores are rarely fun...that's why they call them "chores"!  You don't have to like them; you can almost hate them as long as you to do them cheerfully.  You do have to do chores, because God wants you to.  How do I know this?  He told me to tell you today!  I'm kidding, but I do know that He wants you to obey your parents, be diligent and thorough in everything you do.  He tells us several times in His Word to do everything "as unto Him".  What if He appeared in bodily form at your bedroom door and said, "Daughter, it is time to do your chores."  I wonder how you would respond.  Would you moan and groan, grumble and complain, then explain how you will do it later?  You know what Philippians 2:14-16 says don't you?  Well just in case you don't have your Bible handy, I'll tell you.  Do all things without murmurings and disputings: (Ahem!  Quit complaining, girls!)That ye may be blameless and harmless the sons (or daughters) of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation (those not raised in a Christian home or who have no Christian heritage), among whom ye shine as lights in the world. (How bright is your light shining for Christ?)  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Trust me, all the chores you do are not done in vain, even if they have to be repeated daily!

As we say here in the French household, "Obey immediately and cheerfully".  Here are some tips for you:

1.  Say yes and smile when you are given a chore.
2.  Do the chore you hate the most first and get it over with.
3.  Try to keep your thoughts positive.
4.  Do your chores quickly and thoroughly and then reward yourself with doing something you like to do. (After you make sure it's ok with your folks first.)

Things go more smoothly if you have the right attitude and your parents know they can count on you to do what is right.  I'd love to hear what your most hated or dreaded chore is!

Your friend and mentor, 

2 comments:

Joanna Persons said...

Soooooo... This is good advice, although it kills me to admit it. I know from experience it's easier to first do the chore I hate most. That'd be cleaning the bathroom for me. But what if you have siblings who don't exactly pull their share, so to speak??

Niki said...

That can be a hard one and frustrating for sure. If you share a chore with your sibling that cannot be finished until he/she does their part, you might ask your parents to let you switch chores. The bottom line is that no matter what, you have to make sure you do the right thing. Don't let their slothfulness be an excuse for you not doing your share. It can be easy to get jealous of them, too, if it seems they get by with this behaviour frequently. Just watch that you don't fall into that trap. Sounds like you are on the right track though. Keep it up and I'd like to pray that the Lord will help you with this isssue.

Blessings!