My Grace-Full Life

3.3.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Micromanaging the Dishwasher

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Most of us like things done our way.
I admit I do.
And I’ll give you an example.
I always reload the dishwasher behind my husband or my mother.
They drive me nuts with the loosy-goosy way they load dishes.
When it comes to loading a dishwasher, I am a Tetris master.
My way is the best way.
And I’m not hesitant to tell Wayne or Mom what I think of their dishwasher loading skills (or lack thereof).
It did kind of backfire on me though…
While my son has been doing his own laundry since he was 11, he won’t even attempt to load a dishwasher because he says, “I don’t know how to do it the way you do.”
I guess, since I’m a chronic reloader anyway, it makes sense to not try when I’ve made it clear that no one in my family has measured up to my dishwasher-loading-standards.
When I consider my high expectations when it comes to the way certain things done, I recognize that my arrogance comes with some irony.
With few exceptions, most of us don’t like to have others tell us how to do things, and I’m the first to admit that I definitely fall in that camp.
In the business world, we call that micromanaging and that is the biggest pet peeve I have—right up there with being chronically late and taking phone calls during a meeting.
Today’s signature verse is Colossians 3:23, and it says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”
And it’s a verse that has been so heavy on my heart lately, I keep asking myself, “Didn’t I just write about it?!”
I have it on the footer of my website for my new business as a kind of mission statement.
But my point is this…
I know I’m being trivial about the dishwasher.
And as much as I despise being micromanaged myself, I do it to my family when they are trying to help, albeit in their random, haphazard, willy-nilly fashion.
But if they loaded the dishwasher with a spirit of gratitude and praise for the technology that takes care of this particular chore, then does it matter that I don’t like the arrangement of the dishes?
No, it doesn’t.
When we have Micromanagers in our lives, it’s tempting to hold grudges and be bitter.
It really disrupts our attitudes.
But if we look past the micromanager, and focus our eyes on Jesus, our tasks and duties are no longer about them, but they are about Him.
And as long as we do everything to our best ability for the sake of Jesus, then nothing else matters.
Today, as you pray, thank God for this reminder.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep your eyes on Jesus in all things and remember that we work for the Lord, not for others.

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