Growing up means knowing where to set your mind.
Mom knew how to get things done. Which meant she knew how to get us to help her get things done.
She kept a giant chalkboard in the kitchen long before chalkboards were popular on Pinterest (long before Pinterest). And it wasn’t there to be pretty. It was there to get things done.
Each of our names across the top:
Hyatt, Steve, Lynnel, Sue, Lori. (She liked things in order—I’m the well-adjusted #4, she said smugly.)
Followed by a daily list of chores with twice on Saturday.
Set the table
Polish the good silver
Empty the DW
Dust the LR
Sweep the porch
Iron the Tcloths
Mom knew shortspeak long before texting. She had to fit five of us on the board. You can’t get the full effect without Mom’s famous/infamous scrawl. We kids could’ve joined the ranks of the FBI codebreakers.
Every day a list of chores listed under our name with twice the lot on Saturday.
I learned in my wiser years–say age nine–to not erase a job when completed–to keep Mom from adding yet another, and another. When finished, I’d cross them all off, call out when I knew her head was in the dryer, “Mom, I’m finished. I’m going to Annie’s. Bye!” I thought I was one smart cookie.
For years Mom would say, “I could have never gotten all my work done if it weren’t for you five kids.” We would smile, nod our heads and remember the good parts version.
Is it the same with our Heavenly Parent? Does He give us a list that we better heed, or He won’t be able to accomplish His work?
He did list Ten Commandments, although to make our lives better–not to get His work done.
He doesn’t need me to get His work done. But He invites me to do His work with His power.
Jesus gave us the Short Commandments version:
I want you to love Me.
Oh, and love others just like I love you.
Here’s His chalkboard:
Love others like I love you
Sounds simple, but I don’t get to cross these off–not til Glory. And if I think I can, He writes them up again. Indelible chalk. I can always love better and deeper.
Lately, when my heart’s a mess or the world seems tilted on its head (or I remember it’s another presidential race) or people act like they’ve never heard of God– that’s when I remember Paul’s list in Colossians 3. He’s got more than one, but the Short Version is verse 2:
Set your mind on the things above and not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
Here’s your free printable.
That about covers it. He doesn’t need a chalkboard or writing in the sky to make things clear.
“Set your mind, Sue, on the things that matter: Me, heaven, people getting to heaven. I’ll take care of the rest of the list. You set your mind.”
Setting your table tonight? I’m about ready to get out a clean tablecloth. I’ll set it pretty, with heaven in mind, and pray I mind the list.
In The Message:
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Col. 3:1,2
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