This morning early in my day, I thought about life. Back in my childhood a saying got repeated, “Love makes the world go ’round.”
I didn’t know until a few moments ago that it was a song title. 🙂
My brother and sister-in-law uprooted themselves to help take care of her parents in their latter years. Love is not easy at times. They’re sacrificing for others, and yet they’re enjoying this precious time with family.
As a young mom, I learned to discipline my children in a consistent manner even when it broke my heart to see them cry. When they got older I wouldn’t let them watch violent movies or see R-rated or worse films. Sometimes my husband and I were too restrictive over other matters and we needed to learn to see things from their point of view.
Our children heard us say we’re sorry but I think they understood we were looking out for their best interests.
Love means saying no to the bad. My parents wouldn’t let us go see the 1961 movie, “West Side Story” when it came out in the theaters. I was maybe nine years old. Lots of the kids went. I stomped my foot and complained. “You’re too young,” my mom replied and that was that.(photo from Wikipedia)
After more thoughts this morning, this came to mind, what shall I do today?
Part of the Scripture from Proverbs 6:6-8 (NASB), took root:
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer, And gathers her provision in the harvest.
I, too, have no one barking commands at me. My husband gives suggestions occasionally and then he gets on with his day.
It’s not that I don’t like housework. I get bored. After lots of hours alone, I want to see people.
The point of cleaning and organizing beyond the removal of germs and bad smells and nerve-wracking messes is love. Love for others sharing the home, love of self, love for others stopping over, even love or respect for the neighbors shows up with a tidy place.
I thought, if that doesn’t motivate me to continue on with this organizing quest I’m on, nothing will.
When I start my day in God’s Word and in prayer, I’m centered and reminded that His love goes with me and upholds me.
When I feel I have too much to do I break it down to smaller steps. I’m trying to remember that I have time to continue and if people interrupt, people are more important.
Too much self-centeredness does not make the world go ‘round. When it’s all about me, joy and love get sucked away. I know. I’ve been there and done that and missed out on simple pleasures of life because of complaining and a stinking attitude.
God help me; I don’t want to go there.
May God bless you!