Friday, March 19, 2010

Change in Perspective

I don't know who wrote this, but I am so glad that it was brought to my attention.
Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes;
We have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;
We have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds;
They were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom,
Complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory;
They are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs defrosting so badly;
It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today.
It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs mowing,
The lawn that needs raking;
We all enjoy the yard.

Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming screen door.
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says
You have richly blessed my family.
I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully


Deanna said...

:) love that. Thanks. I needed that gentle reminder. :)

Rebekah said...

I went to my ward's RS Birthday thing last night and was very thankful. This morning after talking ot an old friend, i got a chance to settle down and talk about how much of a good child I really have and be thankful for him, and after both of those, i got to read this. My heart is so full of thankfulness I'm spilling over at the eyes. <3 I'ms tealing this and posting it! =)