Hands to Work, Hearts to God {Praying for Values}

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We already considered here how important praying for our children’s salvation is. Without doubt, the thing we desire most when we love, look after, care for children is for the real and deep relationship with the Lord that we know is possible.

But between here and there, between the day we pray that they will be saved and the day when that happens, we utter so much more for them.

I have a little sewing box at home that I picked up on one of my trips to the States many years ago. It’s shaped like a little house with a roof that opens, and it is covered in this lovely fabric. There was a small button and bow stitched on to one corner of it and while I have had it more than 15 years, it’s still home to needles, threads and other sewing bits and bobs.

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One day, the bow and some of the buttons came off and to my surprise, it was hiding a phrase that I hadn’t realised it said: Hands to work, Hearts to God. I had always been able to see the part about hands, but not about hearts. What a shame that someone somewhere saw fit to cover up such a lovely phrase.

But what has struck me since I started this series on Praying for Children, is how important this phrase is when it comes to our prayers for them.  Here are my thoughts:

 

Hands to Work

 

We are at the stage with our children where we are starting to demand more of them when it comes to ‘work’.  We have always been advocates of age-appropriate chores (you can go here to see how we do this in our house) but as they have got older, it’s more than just doing a job because there’s a small reward. It’s becoming about work ethic.

I’m sure there are plenty of households like ours where asking for help unstacking the dishwasher, or giving an instruction to run upstairs and put away a pile of clothes is met with the same groans of disappointment! Helping out, setting to work doesn’t always come easily or naturally. And if we’re honest, don’t we sometimes feel this too? I know I do! I love cooking, and sometimes making dinner is a delight for me. But there are other days when I feel like that lady on an e-card, helplessly burying her head in her arms and asking herself ‘why do they want feeding every.single.night?’!

I am a strong believer that there are ways and times when it is appropriate to air our disappointments, our failures, our shortcomings, our sadness. No, we don’t want negativity to linger like a bad smell, but airing our woes can be refreshing if we are genuinely seeking to work through them, improve ourselves or move forward.

So, to that end, I haven’t banned my children from their complaints, or their disappointments. I won’t stop them from expressing what has saddened or irritated them. But I am determined that we do so with the view that we have an attitude that needs to change or improve.  When we bring the darkness into the light, by the grace of God, we can overcome it!

Regardless of how we feel about putting our hands to work, we need to recognise and uphold the value of hard work.

Won’t you join me in praying over these coming weeks that the little people in our lives would know this? That they would be able to value whatever work they have been given to do, that we would be able to instil in them healthy attitudes towards work and that they would grow up with a good work ethic that will see them into their adult lives?

 

Hearts to God

 

This scripture from Colossians 3:23 comes to my mind when I think about these two ideas together:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

And so does this one from 1 Corinthians 10:31:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

Isn’t this good stuff to pray for our children?  That they would recognise the value their work has in the eyes of the Lord and that they would commit their work to Him?  And that this would pervade every aspect of their lives, to include whatever they do?

Our work and our walk should not be distinct entities.

 

Our work and our walk should not be distinct entities.

 

There are mundane moments in life, no matter how exciting our work must be, but work, when done for the glory of God, committed to Him, can bring some much-needed springs of joy back into our steps.

As we pray this week for the tasks our children have, whether that is homework, or household chores, or helping a friend or neighbour, let’s remember to pray as well that they would know and realise the connection between their work and their walk.

Grace and Love

Helen x

 

Comments

  1. I love this! It is so true that if we give our all to God, in everything we do that joy will come forth. Sometimes the outcome isn’t what we think it will be, but at the end of the day God’s outcome is better. Love that you are encouraging people to pray, it’s a subject that is needed. Much love and blessing Sarah.

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