Not So Fun Jobs

I was blessed to have lived next to my grandparents as I grew up.  I remember sitting in their living room watching my grandmother clean and trim my grandfather’s toenails.

I asked “How can you touch Grandpa’s feet, they are so dirty.”

“Sometimes, when you love someone, you have to show them by completing the  “not so fun jobs” as well as the “fun jobs,” She replied.

“Well, when I get married my husband will have to clean his own feet.  I think feet are disgusting.” I said crinkling up my nose.

Flash forward almost 30 years later, I find myself doing the exact same thing my grandma did.  My husband has diabetes and I have to check his feet regularly. As I sat a few weeks back bandaging a split on his toe, I pondered my grandmother’s words, “loving someone sometimes means we do the “not so fun jobs.” I realized my grandma was talking about unconditional love and that love is an action; it is how we treat each other. I love my husband, and I’m here to help him, even if it is a “not so fun job.

Jesus is our ultimate example of this unconditional love.  He chose to die on the cross for us; he could have put a stop to it at any time since he is God.  He was overwhelmed with sorrow, Mathew 26:38, in the garden of Gethsemane. He knew for God’s plan to work, He had to die.  I’m sure that is “a not so fun job.” God was willing to die for me and my sins, because he loves me.

Life is full of the “not so fun jobs”: laundry, dishes, cleaning up after sick children, disciplining children, and so many more.  I, however, do them because I love those I am doing the jobs for, and most importantly I am doing them because that is the job that God has given me at this time in my life.

Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

As a believer in Jesus, our Lord and Savior, I am to be a reflection of Him.  He showed us His love by dying the most horrific death. I can reflect that love to those whom God has placed in my life, by doing those little “not so fun” jobs.

Our most Heavenly Father, I pray for the strength to continue to do the “not so fun” jobs for those you have placed in my life. I ask that your love shines through me to those around me.  Remind me that I am not doing things for earthly rewards but for heavenly treasure.  Thank you for sending us your son to die on the cross for us and completing the biggest “not so fun” job of all time. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Shannon Smith

Shannon is the mother to three wonderful children and wife to Scott for almost sixteen years.  Together their family makes their home in northern Minnesota on a 40 acre farm.  They love all things outdoors including hunting and fishing and taking care of their chickens and cow.  Shannon’s passion lies in teaching her students, writing and reading.  One day, it is her dream to write a children’s book.  Shannon’s heart is to love the Lord and be used of Him.  Shannon has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University.

Shannon is the mother to three wonderful children and wife to Scott for almost sixteen years. Together their family makes their home in northern Minnesota on a 40 acre farm. They love all things outdoors including hunting and fishing and taking care of their chickens and cow. Shannon’s passion lies in teaching her students, writing and reading. One day, it is her dream to write a children’s book. Shannon’s heart is to love the Lord and be used of Him. Shannon has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University.

 

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