- Proverbs 14:4 (NKJV) Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.
I prepare a daily devotional in the weekly church bulletin where I pastor. Most of them are adaptations from my daily blogs. However, each Saturday I’ve asked my wife (an excellent writer and a very wise woman of God) to prepare a devotion. I call it: “Sonja gets the last word” (You married men will understand the play on words :))
This week’s entry really touched me and I believe it will minister to you as well. So today, Sonja gets the first word; read on…
When we bought our house 11 years ago, four people, one cat and one dog moved in. Today there are two people and two cats; two empty bedrooms and one empty dog house.
Life moves on… that’s why every month when I read Proverbs 14, the 4th verse causes me to reflect on this truth:
- Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.
When my kids were younger and living at home, I remember bemoaning the work it required to keep “the trough clean!” Washing clothes, tidying the bathrooms, picking up toys, cooking and cleaning up afterwards were daily occurrences. There may have even been a time or two that I whined in my mind about taking care of my husband as well. :>)
Yes, taking care of a family is work, work, work. But when we consider the alternative – an empty house with no one but ourselves to clean up after – it will help change our attitude.
Yes, life moves on. Our children grow up and our pets pass on; but while we have them with us, may we remember that an increase in work can also mean an increase in joy and purpose.
By all means, keep the trough clean, but do it with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. It will help turn drudgery to delight.
Gotta go… one of my “grand-oxen” needs me! 🙂