One of my least favorite jobs is doing laundry. There are just too many steps that must be taken to get the job done. First, I have to get the laundry downstairs. Then I have to sort it and add it one load at a time in the washer. (It really doesn’t like it when I try and put two loads in at once).
Next, I have to move it to the dryer, fold it, and put it away. I can get the laundry in the washer, and I can usually get that load in the dryer and the next one in the washer; but beyond that, it takes what I call mountain-moving faith. I end up with mountains of sorted dirty clothes trying to invade the laundry room and mountains of clean folded clothes sitting in baskets in other rooms.
By now you can probably guess that I typically don’t enjoy laundry. Last night I had an interesting experience with my laundry. As I was trying to get a few loads done, I came and sat on the couch dreading the idea of finishing the rest of the laundry. I noticed that I could smell the laundry drying.
All the sudden, I just almost shouted, “I LOVE the smell of laundry drying.” My husband looked at me strangely, and I smiled and laughed. I yelled, “I really do!” Now this may sound strange, but now doing laundry doesn’t seem as bad.
In fact, I keep laughing as I do it. Why? I finally found something lovely to think about it. Instead of griping about how much doing the laundry hurts my back and how annoying laundry is to mess with, I found the lovely thing about it.
The Bible tells us to think on what is true, noble, right, admirable, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy. If we can get our minds adjusted to think on these things, then we will be able to enjoy even the most mundane of tasks.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
-Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
“Father, I thank for bringing things into my life that are lovely and excellent. Help me to keep my mind on the right things and to always remember to praise You in all things, including…”