Funny things you think of when you’re folding towels at 7:00 am. I began comparing my old self with my present-day self. See, the old me would’ve been complaining about folding old holey towels all by myself. ”Why isn’t anyone up and helping me?” “We really can’t still be using these old things, can we?” Riddled with complaints and victimization, the old me would’ve been miserable by the time the folding process was completed. However, while comparisons do tend to be quite odious, I recommend an occasional comparison of the “old man” to the “new man” whom you’ve become if you are a Christ-follower.
…if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4: 21-24
This kind of comparison is excellent because it spurs you onto greater holiness. It glorifies God and the work that He is doing in you! It encourages others to see Christ in you as they see a difference in you.
Instead of complaining and playing the “woe is me” game during the simple act of folding towels this morning, I chose to pray and thank God for the many things He has given me and done in my life. I was amazed at how much joy began to overflow from me! What overflows from complaining? Bitterness, anger, frustration…and the list goes on. Thankfulness and joy safeguard our heart from these other responses that can bubble over from our self-centered hearts.
We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. May we recognize these good works–yes, even folding towels as I manage my home and serve my family–and be compelled by the love of Christ to faithfully complete them.