Pooper Scoopers

DISCLAIMER: Yes, this devotional thought invokes the word poop; if you are beyond the poop as regular conversation piece in your family life, I am not offended if you choose to read no more on this today’s blog. However, to put those of you with a squeamish stomach at ease, I go into NO details about the (#2) subject at all.pooper scooper

Today we asked the kids which chores they would like to help with. The oldest (6) volunteered to walk the dog. The middle (3) volunteered to scoop the dog’s poop. The youngest (1.5) decided to help with that job. Really? I wonder whose kids these really are. As it turns out, they were elated to be outside. They were ecstatic because we all worked together. They enjoyed the de-pooping immensely. They were singing “poo poo, where are you?” as they strode about the lawn. It was a sweet hilarious few minutes at my house. I enjoyed working alongside them, and they enjoyed completing a task. Did it take twice as long as it would have if I had done it myself? Yup. But where is the joy in watching my children accomplish the task set before them? What would they learn by watching Mom do it for them?

Hebrews 12: 1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

God could reach down and accomplish the things we ask and that he seeks to have done SO MUCH FASTER and MORE EFFICIENTLY than we sinful human beings are capable of. However, where is the learning in that? How would we ever build our character? Who would learn to persevere? Wouldn’t we become spoiled (expecting God to produce miracles and constantly intervene, instead of wondering in amazement when he occasionally does)?

Jesus, there are not nearly enough words to thank you for enduring the cross on our behalf! Please allow us to do the mundane (it’s really just another word for ‘poopy’, right?) tasks set before us with joy. Help us not to lose heart when the daily grind wears on our weary souls. Amen!

Stacey Swan

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