Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 7, 2017

Chores

Are there any biblical principles to chores?  Yes.  I read a great piece the other day from thecolemines.com about a mom’s attitude toward chores:

“But as I got older and especially after I was grown and had moved out of my parent’s house, my mom shared with me her philosophy on not giving us chores.  And honestly, it was so sweet and heartfelt that as a mom, I can’t help but feel the exact same way.

She told me – “Hillary, the reason I have never given you chores is that, from where I sit, your job as a child is to BE a child.  To enjoy the simple things.  To play.  To laugh.  To have fun.  To enjoy this carefree state for as long as you can.  To focus on school and extracurriculars.  To find a hobby you love.  To encourage your passions in life.  To own the responsibility the world will throw at you even from a young age.  But not to throw more at you by creating mundane lists of things you need to “do” at home.”

Isn’t that awesome?  She let me and my sisters just BE and enjoy our youth.  She knew that there would be plenty of time for making beds, and setting tables, and washing clothes.”

She goes on to say that her kids ended up being great at doing chores.  Yet other moms have elaborate lists and incentives to goad on the children.  Why did the mom  in this article end up with such great kids?  Attitude!  Not technique.  If parents’ attitude toward chores is positive, the kids will pick that up.  If mom is trying to share her horrible burden, the kids will think its a horrible burden too.

She finds wool and flax
    and busily spins it.
She is like a merchant’s ship,
    bringing her food from afar.
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
    and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.”  Proverbs 31:13-15

The good wife is eager to do whatever chores she finds to do.  And in this modern age, chores can be simplified to an amazing degree.

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