Monday, December 1, 2008

How about another epiphany?

I realized the state of my house is an idol for me. I didn't say my house (after all, a house with carpet square carpeting in the bedroom could hardly be considered an idol, lol), just it's level of cleanliness. If it's clean, I'm more at peace and I'll do just about anything to achieve/keep that peace, even at the expense of my relationships with my family. I wish I could get as upset about missing my quiet time as I do about another mess the kids made.

So, the last few days have been a little different. The house has been clean, but I have not been emotionally involved in it. I keep reminding myself that a scattering of popcorn on the floor after the kids have watched a movie does not deserve my emotional response.

Ironically, it's been a lot more peaceful this way. I don't need to yell at anyone for leaving out their dinner plates again. I can pass out consequences without the drama, it's just matter-of-fact.

I'm sure this idol issue goes much deeper, but I'm thankful for the wake up call from the Lord. It's a lot more exhausting sacrificing to an idol than to be sold out to the welfare of your family.

Be blessed :)


Luke said...

Well said.

As for my house... I should probably be more diligent in actually making an effort [laughing]. But this is a good reminder to consider the things we consider important that are not nearly so.


D Unstoppable Mom said...

Wendy, you are just OCD...

Ash said...

Yes D, but I like my OCD and hold it close to my heart, lol!

Ash said...

Oh, sorry, I'm logged in under Ash :) But's it's really OCD Chick, Wendy.

D Unstoppable Mom said...

You should own it girl!