[Proverbs 31:27 ] She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
I know as a mom there are days we just don’t feel like doing anything. Either you’re coming home from a long day at work or it’s just been a long day at home and your responsibilities feel like they can wait until tomorrow. I get it, I’ve been there more time than I’d like to admit. But this verse makes it very clear that we have to look well upon our households so that it doesn’t suffer from us being lazy.
There have been times when I’d clean my house from head to toe waiting for company to come over and no one would come that day. Then the one day I said “You know what, I’m not in the mood today I’m going to just relax”, five people would want to stop by! I’d be so embarrassed by the way the house looked or I’ve left loads of laundry all over the couch. It was a mess and a poor reflection of both me and the members of my house!
Or worse there would be times when I’d go to reach for a baby wipe and realize I was all out. How did I not realize that I was even getting low?! This verse says she carefully watches well upon her household. I wasn’t carefully watching.
This verse was convicting for me because it called me out on my laziness. It brought to light not so much that I was exhausted, but that I was really just being lazy and would much rather kick my feet up and catch
a season, a few episodes of Law and Order. I’d rather do something other that what needed to be done. This verse is about prioritizing.
Laziness is the product of misplaced priorities. Laziness produces discord in your home. Now this doesn’t just relate to washing the dishes or scrubbing your toilet but doing activities with your kids, spending quality time with your husband or even having sex. Are you always tired? Really?
It also produces confusion because our kids are watching what we do and not what we say. Are you being an example of what they should follow? I know on the days I took my lazier route, I felt like I was always fussing at my children to take orders and clean this, or pick up that. When we had a routine and a flow that I set and modelled, the kids fell into a natural routine and were more cheerful about helping! (And we know how hard it can be for kids to clean cheerfully).
So mamas, we have to get off our lazy behinds and stick to the schedule, stick to the routines, and stick to what we know, which is operating in excellence. Excellence is a lifestyle and is a result of our habits which includes doing things even when we don’t feel like doing them. It’s tough, it’s hard but you can do all things through Christ including looking well upon your household. Don’t let it suffer because of your own laziness, continue to be the light in your home and in your families.