Raise your hand if…
You ever wonder why it’s so difficult to keep up with your work…to keep “on task?”
You ever feel like no matter what you do things just get messy anyway so why bother?
You feel depressed and overwhelmed at the work that just keeps piling up?
Friends, there is a reason that the laundry keeps piling up along with dishes, that the dust settles, and that work in general just seems so unproductive. Two words: The Curse
That’s right, the Curse where God pronounced judgment on our domains:
“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have
eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from
it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you shall eat the plants of the
field…” (Genesis 3:17-18)
Because of Adam’s sin (he is ultimately accountable for the fall, not Eve, because he was given responsibility for life and work in the garden before woman was created) our domains rebel against us as we have rebelled against God. Our commands to rule, subdue, and be productive are all the harder to fulfill. Everything is heading toward decay, and we are striving against it. No matter how many loads of laundry we do, there will always be dirty clothes. No matter how many times we clean the kitchen, for as long as we live it will get messy again…and we will be tired. This is all part of the Curse.
Work is not the Curse, unproductive work is.
Characteristics of the Curse (from the Five Aspects of Woman Bible Study):
• All of creation now tends toward death, decay, and disorder.
• Work is not the Curse; unproductive work is the Curse (destroys your labor).
• Pollution pictures sin.
• Evil is temporary and abnormal.
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Ruth Schwenk says
I did the 5 aspects study a few years ago and it was so enlightening to look at our “domains” in this way. It is a constant battle, which is why it is so important to be intentional in taking care of our homes. There is a reason we as women feel a HUGE relief when our homes are in order :). 31 Days to Clean is the PERFECT book to help you organize your cleaning and your “thoughts” on it 🙂 Thank you!
Wow. I am a Martha and I have been looking at (and recoiling from) the chaos that is my pantry for a couple of months. I have been wanting to get in and organise it, but have been daunted by it so have kept putting it off. And it’s silly, because I won’t be happy until it’s done, so I might just as well just get cracking on it.
So, I felt God speak resoundingly to me through your post today 🙂
I agree. Being messy doesn’t necessarily equal sin, but it’s good to take a closer look at heart issues. My problem is always procrastination… I’ll do that later… But sometimes “later” doesn’t come. I’m learning to be more disciplined, though.
Thanks for sharing this today. 🙂
Is this post the sample chapter? Or is there a link to a pdf?
Sarah Mae says
Rachel, it’s a sample chapter. But you can purchase the PDF (or Kindle, or Nook version) here: http://31daystoclean.com/buy-the-book/ (don’t forget to use code: BLOOM at checkout for the PDF for 50% off!)