Honoring God with the Laundry

Who you are and how busy you are should not be an impediment to your honoring God. We can honor God even while we do our laundry.
What do I mean when I say this? Let’s try to break that statement down. Now, before anything else I write this with the background of a university student— a woman who is a university student— with her own space that she is responsible for. And this, in general, perhaps resonates with a lot of women, because a lot of us are university students with our own space in which we are responsible for. By “our own space in which we are responsible for,” I mean that we, as women who go to university, live somewhere. We have a place for us to sleep, a place for us to study, a place for us to move around in. And basically, in these places, we are responsible.

And what do I mean that we are responsible? It means that, within these places, we have something in which we must do. We have an obligation to the surrounding in which we inhabit. And that obligation is this: we have to keep our surroundings.
We are responsible, in the space that has been given to us to keep it. What do I mean by keep it? Basically I mean to preserve it: keep it clean, keep it safe, keep it good.
And before left-wing feminists lambast me for this seemingly patriarchal-affirming statement, let me make this clear: this is NOT about the so-called patriarchy. It has nothing to do with it. What I’m saying is, we have a responsibility to keep our surroundings, and I say this as a woman with my background, but I’m not saying that only the women have this responsibility. I’m not saying that.
Bottom line is, we have a duty, an obligation, to our surroundings, and that obligation is to keep it.
Because, Beloved, to put it simply: nothing we have is ours. Everything we own comes from the Heavenly Father, who gives us everything we have because He is good and overflowing in abundance.
So, again— nothing we have is ours.
And if nothing we have is ours, then that means we have no right to them. They’re not ours! And so, we must keep them.
Now, this thought has often come to me because I struggle with household chores, and this is the truth. I’m 24 years old, I live in a one-bedroom condo with my younger brother, and between the two of us, I still struggle with the household chores. I’m responsible for two things and two things only: doing the laundry, and keeping the bathroom clean. That’s it. Left unsaid, of course, is that I have to keep everything orderly as well.
Still, I struggle with household chores. The laundry often piles up, the bathroom seldom gets cleaned, and this shouldn’t be.
As Christians, we all have to keep what God has given us. The Parable of the Three Talents from the New Testament is reflective of this: we are given talents (material possessions, wealth, blessings), and God’s purpose was not for us to bury them in the ground, but to multiply them. Our Master, in his grace, has temporarily lent us his wealth and abundance, and so we must learn how to prosper them. We must have something to account for when we meet our Master at the end of our lives.
So, I do my laundry. I don’t do it perfectly, but I try. I’m learning. I clean the bathroom. It takes me a long while, but I’m learning. I take care of God’s gifts for me, because it is good and right.  And if I listen to podcasts from DesiringGod.org, or the Ligonier Ministry— well.
A little theology while I’m folding my laundry can only be good for me.

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