Have you ever put off doing something until you had to do it? Here's a silly example but fits perfectly. Mopping is one of my least favorite chores. The other day I spilled my iced tea all over the floor. Rather than just cleaning up that spill, I mopped the whole room. I thought, "well, this room's done. Check that one off my list!" Sometimes a change of perspective makes dreadful task not so bad.
Ironing shirts would be my second least favorite chore. (This is making me laugh since I say how much I love to clean!) I do love cleaning, just not these particular tasks! Once while ironing, I had a shift in my thinking--I was thankful to have a sweet, hard working husband who loves me and grateful I could help out by ironing his shirts.
Knowing the "for whom" or "why" we do things can completely change our perspective. It reminds me of why I decorate my home. Because we have chosen to serve in an apartment community, we are continually opening our home to our neighbors. Of course, I enjoy all things lovely, but I also decorate my home with those who enter in mind. I want my home to be a place welcoming others to sit down, relax, be at peace, and feel loved--that's the "why" behind it.
I've realized when I change my "stinkin' thinkin" to an attitude of gratitude, the dreadful can become a delight.
Recently I discovered this book at our store, and it's perfect for helping us develop grateful hearts. Several things I like: it's not difficult--each week is only two pages; verses and a small devotional are included in each week's journal; and every week has 2 or 3 questions to help you cultivate more gratitude.
This past year and a half has felt like 5 years for many of us. It's hard not to feel crushed under the weight of it. Our hope is that you'll find some sunshine and delight here with us. If you need some inspiration, a pick-me-up, or some laughter, stop by and see us. We truly love our customers!
Until next time, find delight in the little things,