"12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." Col. 3:12-13
Today is the day to brag on my husband.
I have struggled with the "maintenance" issues of life (like decluttering and cleaning) for as long as I know. More often than not, I just don't see it. When I see a messy counter, I see a beautiful thing or two in the middle of a dozen decisions I don't know how to make and it freaks me out. Now that I don't have full time work, I really want to have a beautiful, peaceful home, but it still eludes me. I'm beginning to think it just isn't in my core competencies. Only God would make your primary job the one you just can't do--so you can depend on Him to grow you through it.
This morning, John gently pushed me toward the laundry room and kept throwing me back in there. Was I kicking and screaming? No, but he did hug me whenever I asked for it with a puzzled look on his face. Surely, the decisions in there should be easy in comparison to the rest of our world!
In comparison, yes. Easy? No.
But they must be addressed. He doesn't love the clutter. He tends toward the gently OCD so it is a regular offense for things to get like they do. Today he exercised Herculean feats of love (as he does every day) by making allowance for my faults and forgiving me while he gently pushed me toward a better pattern. My heart rate hasn't quite gone back to normal, but there are a few surfaces you can see now.