Fergie, you are all wrong. Big girls do cry. Especially when they have to grow up and clean their closet. (That reference would be to one of my favorite songs Fergie sang back in the summer of 2007. You are welcome for useless musical trivia.)
Yesterday, I met my friend Katie for Bible study in the morning and then, I had to make a decision. Go to Coffeesmiths to work on my writing? Or go home to clean out our bedroom closet that resembled more of a war-torn country with tubs of seasonal clothes, laundry baskets of clean clothes, and sacks of precious school papers.
Well. I’m here to tell you that it is hard to adult. It is hard to make decisions that seem like a good idea and are WAY more fun (writing), but…sometimes, we have to adult. We have to make the better choice. The choice that will make your hubby happy. The choice that will make it safe for one to enter into the closet and come back out alive, without a scrape or bump. And so, while it seemed so logical to go and work on my writing, I chose to go home and clean our closet.
And I’ve got good news, friends. I SURVIVED. I accomplished my task about four hours later. I kissed the swimsuits and shorts goodbye for the season and tucked them away into tubs. Down came the tub from the top shelf in our closet filled with sweaters and flannel pajama pants and other fall/winter necessities.
I sorted Hubby’s t-shirts and sweaters and let me tell you…his shelf in our armoire looks mighty fine and neat. And his closet shelves are spectacular. I even added another shelf to make room for the long johns. Because we all know long johns are important in the winter months.
Yes. I was a cleaning machine. With my Pumpkin Pecan Waffle candle from Bath & Body Works throwing off a delightful scent and my Christmas music blaring, I was folding and sorting and working like an ambitious adult. That’s right. I said Christmas music. You all. I love Christmas music. And that is what kept me working through piles after piles of sweaters and vests.
Needing to be honest, I’ll share with you that I did not go through the sacks of precious school papers that the boys brought home. No. I might be a responsible adult, but I’m not Superwoman. I could only do so much in those four hours. Those bags of sweet drawings and school work will be saved for another day. As for the task at hand, I feel it’s pretty complete. I can check it off the list of things to do. Piles are ready to be bagged up and taken to some local charities. Tubs are organized. We are ready for cooler weather.
In all of this cleaning and organizing, a few thoughts came to my mind. Sometimes, we put off a task because it isn’t our favorite thing to do. If you’re like me, you make excuses. You find something better to do. Something that is more fun. Lord knows, I would have much rather spent my day writing at Coffeesmiths. But.
In our Bible study time yesterday, Katie and I talked about what our responsibilities are. I know I’m a wife, a mom, homemaker, blogger, writer, chauffeur, homework enforcer, blah blah blah. But those first responsibilities are the most important. And I have to remind myself that I need to do those responsibilities well. God rewards us when we do a good job at what He has called us to do.
So much of life is about trusting in Him and having faith that He knows what is best. I love what Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
I chose yesterday to believe that doing my wife/mom/homemaker job was more important than working on my writing. Heck. I could have gone and wrote out words and things, but it probably would have been painful and I wouldn’t have been in my “writer’s groove” where the words just flow out. Instead, I trusted in Him that cleaning my closet was better. And you know what? I had the best time doing it! I was in a good mood. I felt this great sense of accomplishment. And I KNOW I made Hubby happy. He could finally walk into our walk-in closet.
Is there something you’ve been putting off? Avoiding something because it just. doesn’t. sound. like. fun. ? Pray about it. Ask Him to help you be a grown-up and do it. God cares about the little things, as well as the big things. And have faith that He will reward you when you diligently seek Him and His will. Listen, I want to keep moving in faith towards the rewards God has for me…not wandering around, avoiding things because it’s just not what I want to do.
Each day I’ve got a choice. I have faith that He will guide me, help me, and reward me.
Hope I’ve encouraged you to do that something that you’ve been avoiding, yet know you need to do it! And if you’re needing some motivational music, may I recommend a little Bing Crosby? #IloveChristmasmusic