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sometimes it’s a lot of work

15th August 2009

sometimes it’s a lot of work

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Recently my husband took me to task for something: I was acting like a brat. He had every reason to point it out and I knew he was right when he did. It still hurt a little, but only because it was my sin and sin is always painful in the end.

I’ve written previously about the three young ladies that are living with us for the summer. They have been here since 4 July and I can honestly say that the honeymoon is over, for all of us. They are tired of working 12 hrs a day, 6 days a week, going door to door out in the heat trying to sell books. I am tired of finding cups and spoons and tea bags stains on the counter and having to put a robe on before I go out to the living room in the morning. I’m sure that they would love to live in a place that didn’t include screaming children at 7:30am and be able to choose their own breakfast. But this is it for all of us and we’re dealing with it. But as my husband pointed out to me one recent morning, I have got to get over the pettiness of my thoughts and focus on the extreme ministry opportunity that has been presented to us. For 12 weeks these girls will be living with us and for 12 weeks we have the opportunity to show them who Christ is. And every time I gruffly wish them good morning or grumble because they don’t separate the recycling properly (I know, I’m ridiculous. I’m embarassed even to write this down) is that really who I want them to see? I’m not saying that I have to be Polly Peppy in the morning, but I need to be gracious and welcoming.

This being like Jesus stuff is hard work. And I’m finding that the more I work at it, the harder it gets.

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  1. 1 On August 18th, 2009, Terri said:

    Oh how I identify with your plight. There were many times when we had WWOOFers who just did not get it about how we did things like recycling, or household chores. It is so hard to be nice when your patience is tried daily, but it is the perfect opportunity to be a Christian and live out what you have publicly professed to your guests. For us the greatest blessing was when 2 of our German girls wanted to come to home group with us and began to ask more about Jesus. They gratefully received the gift of a Bible and began to read it, using their German/English dictionary. How cool is that! Keep up the good work Michelle, you are a wonderful example to your visitors and your children, and of course, to me.

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