In part 8 of this series we look at verse 17. The verse says: she sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. The good wife is a hard worker. She does her work well. She rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. She does not take her tasks lightly. This reminds of Colossians 3:23: In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people.
Just because you may think housework is mundane, doesn’t mean we should do it halfheartedly. We are called by God to take care of our homes and families. Taking care of our homes and families includes chores. I know it is hard to fathom that dishes and laundry can glorify God, but it is a part of our calling as wives and mamas.
Also a part of working vigorously is using your time wisely. Do you easily get caught up on social media for hours and then realize you haven’t gotten anything done today? It happens to the best of us. I have been there so many times. Of course I am not saying that we should never get online or take a rest, but as we strive to be more like the Proverbs 31 wife we need to make sure we prioritize what needs to be done. Instead of continuously saying “I need to organize my closet, laundry room, etc.,” just do it. Plan some time in your schedule and get it done. We have to take action or we will never make any progress. There is no way around it.
Strength & Dignity Part 8 action item:
Is there a particular chore or task that you do halfheartedly or that you have been putting off? Is there a certain area in your house that you need to de-clutter? Take time this week to do that task vigorously.
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