Avoiding Mayhem at Home
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."1
One day a man came home from work to find total mayhem at home. The kids were outside still in their pajamas playing in the mud and muck. There were empty food boxes and wrappers all around. As he proceeded into the house, he found an even bigger mess. Dishes on the counter, dog food spilled on the floor, a broken glass under the table, and a small pile of sand by the back door. The family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing, and a lamp had been knocked over.
He headed up the stairs, stepping over toys, to look for his wife. He was becoming worried that she may be ill, or that something had happened to her. He found her in the bedroom, still in bed with her pajamas on, reading a book.
She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?" She again smiled and answered, "You know everyday when you come home from work and ask me what I did today?"
"Yes," was his reply.
She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it!"
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to appreciate what my wife/husband/mother/father/friends/others do for me. May I never take them for granted and may I be as committed to helping them as they are to me. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”
1. The Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:25).