Then I rounded the corner and there was popcorn on the floor. The floor that I swept and gave a quick wet mop right before bed last night.
As I was sweeping up popcorn at 9:30am this morning because the kids already needed a snack because they were hungry even though we had just finished breakfast I was reminded of that story. I was reminded that there are no short-cuts. As much as we'd like a short-cuts life required hard work. There is a time to work hard and there is a time to rest and enjoy the fruit of your labor. For raising my boys to Love the Lord and walk in his ways the fruit of my labor won't be seen for many years maybe. In the meantime I'm going to do my best to make use of training them every day. Being watchful and mindful to carefully discipline them. To speak truth into their lives on a daily basis even when my mind tells me they are too young to get it. They get more than I realize. Being intentional to pray truth over their lives.
Influence, just like salt shaken out, is hard to see, but its flavor is hard to miss. Pam Farrel
One thing I have discovered is that when I keep doing the next right thing I get to enjoy the fruit of my labor.
I don't know what you've got on your plate today but I wanted to tell you that if you are feeling the struggle of finding the joy in today I hope you are encouraged that God is not far away. You will reap what you sow so be a hard worker today. Allow God to put in and take out whatever he wishes. Look at your babies in the eyes today and listen to them tell you about Spiderman again. Embrace the monotony and find the joy in it.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7