-A Moment on Gratitude-
Sometimes it's hard to find gratitude in the mundane, everyday tasks of life. More often than I'd like to admit, I find myself standing over the sink doing dishes, grumbling about how the work of laundry, kitchen, and home never ends. Wouldn't it be nice to take a break from all the 'normal' work and find everything still in place? That's not how it works, is it? We avoid our tasks and they multiply. One days break is two days work. So how do we combat the annoyance of repetative tasks and find not only joy in them, but thankfulness and comfort?
We can look to Saint Therese of Lisieux and her little way. We can look at our daily work as a form of prayer, and we can give up that "suffering" in exchange for our loved ones and to honor God.
I think of it this way: I'm little. To God, I'm just one little woman on a big earth, but I'm always asking BIG things of Him. If I make all of my "little" tasks a way of honoring others, and Him, then eventually all my little ways will multiply and grow. Those dishes, piles of laundry, and dirty floors can help me grow into something bigger.
It takes some reminding, but the little way has helped me grow as a wife and mother, and I'm thankful for discovering it. Maybe it can help you, too.