Thursday, March 29, 2007
Housework: Just Another of Satan's Ploys
Oprah.com is full of housecleaning tips from Clean Sweep's Peter Walsh. (Note where he is called an "organizational guru"--how New Age can you get?)He lists ten ways of dealing with clutter (an obvious mockery of the Ten Commandments):
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLUTTER-FREE
1. Tackle messes one room at a time.
2. When you buy something new, practice the "in-out rule:" For every one new item, get rid of an old one.
3. Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
4. Make cleaning up fun for your kids.
5. Create a vision for the room you're cleaning.
6. Teach your kids how to sort.
7. Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
8. Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don't.
9. Establish a "magic triangle" in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.
10. Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.
Never mind the inherent dishonesty in this list. (Items 1 and 3 essentially say the same thing, as do 4 and 6. Couldn't he come up with ten things? And don't even get us started on whatever witchcraft is involved in a "magic triangle.")The real issue here is that housework is nothing but a worldly concern, as illustrated by the story of Mary and Martha.
Luke 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
When we focus on things not of the spirit, we miss out on the good part, the teachings of our Lord. This week, leave that bed unmade. Let the dirty dishes pile up. Let mold grow in the shower. Do it for Jesus.
Posted by KT at 2:31 PM