Ahhhh, the dreaded trash duty. Everyone loves to take out the trash. Just kidding, of course. This was evidenced by two of my teenagers simultaneously yelling, “Not it!” and running out of the kitchen when I’d recently asked for help with the trash. I had several other chores to do that evening and requested one of them step up to the plate. They really were trying to be funny and knew that eventually one of them would draw the short straw. My response was, “That’s okay. The next time you want food, I’m going to run out of the kitchen and yell, ‘not it’. Let’s see how you like that.” It wasn’t long until the eldest came back to help.
So many times in life we want to go running and screaming away from something dreaded. It could be that obnoxious uncle, socially backward co-worker, or acquaintance who thinks they’re a bestie, but really isn’t a bestie. It could be a funeral you need to go to, Thanksgiving at the in-laws, or that colonoscopy you can’t stand the thought of. But, we bow under the pressure so that in the end we feel better about sacrificing a little for the good of something or someone else. And so it should be. As much as we like to think it’s true, it really isn’t about us. It’s about our purpose. Our being a servant. Our glorifying our Maker. Our fulfilling His needs for His creation and children. Luckily, when we give sacrificially, it all comes back around in the most glorious way. I’m amazed at this principal that shows out and shows up in my life day after day. So, the next time you want to yell, “Not it!” remember that someone needs their trash taken out in the most unique way. And you might be the one who is thoughtful enough to replace the bag with one of those lavender infused kind that is so delightfully pleasant.
Hoping what goes around comes around in the best possible way,
“…whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life…” Galatians 6:7-10