Messy Drawers

drawer pic

Each day when I get home from work I have a list of chores that I do.

I do these same chores every single day.

It’s part of my routine – and I very much like routine.

Lately my kids have become more interested in helping me with different things around the house; especially my 4 year old daughter London.

London’s current favorite chore is helping me with folding the laundry. Towels and socks are her favorite to pick out.

The only “problem” is – London doesn’t fold anything the way I like it to look.

When she folds and puts away the kitchen and bathroom towels, they don’t look nearly as neat as I prefer them to. And socks end up in some form of crazy disheveled clump.

But she’s helping me, and without any prompting (or threatening) and I don’t want to mess that up.

So I’m working on thanking her for all the help she offers me, making a point to acknowledge how great the towels look after she folds them, and probably most important of all – I’m not going back and fixing everything to look exactly the way I want it to when she’s done.

 


 

After working in ministry for over 10 years, I have learned that some of these very same practices are true when it comes to working with other people.

When it comes to anything I oversee at the church, I have a certain idea in my mind on how I would like things to look and how I’d like them to run.

But I have learned that if I try and force people to do things the way I think they should go, or try to have everything look the way I think it should, I’m only going to discourage and drive away the people who are kindly offering their help.

I’ve also learned that a lot of times, when someone offers to help – their idea or way of doing something turns out way better than mine ever would have.

So I’m learning to be super grateful for the help I have, and to thank people for the work they do – even if it doesn’t look exactly like what I would have done.

It’s always so amazing to me how well an event, a big give, or even just a typical Sunday at church can look when people come together, lend a helping hand, give of their time and abilities, and work together as a team. It’s a great thing to be a part of.

It makes me happy and always puts a smile on my face – just like London’s messy drawer of towels does.