The thought of giving due diligence to the work at hand in our lives has been on my mind a bit today. I decided to look up the word diligence in the dictionary. This is the definition: constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind. As I read this definition it struck me what a motivator the words "constant and earnest effort" could be during any given day filled with our domestic tasks.
I think that if we cultivated a spirit of "constant and earnest effort" and applied it to our lives every day our lives would be more peaceful, more calm and more beautiful. Think about it this way - if we drag ourselves through our day just barely doing enough to make things livable - is there any room in that day (or that attitude) to do anything that would add extra comfort to a family or beauty to a home? But if we take the same day and go forth with a mindset of having "constant and earnest effort" applied to our Bible study, domestic tasks and creative pursuits - how much more enjoyable and profitable the day!
As I said, these are the thoughts that are on my mind today so I decided to study this concept further. I looked up the word constant in the dictionary. For such a simple word, it has many definitions. But one stood out to me. It was this: faithful; unswerving in love, devotion. I think those are words that are very well applied to our home life. A very beautiful definition in deed. Faithful and unswerving in our love and devotion to the Lord and the holy ground of our home he has blessed us with.
Next is earnest. It is defined like this; serious in intention, purpose or effect; sincerely zealous; showing depth and sincerity of feeling. Again, another wonderful way to approach our lives. If we are feeling sincerely zealous, if we are showing depth and sincerity of feeling there is no way we can trudge through our days with a haphazard attitude! These are actions and emotions that show love, tenderness and caring. How much the better for a husband, wife and children in a home where these are the standard frames of mind.
The last word is effort. Effort is the conscious exertion of power; hard work; a serious attempt. I truly believe that understanding the fact that a life full of blissful details and domesticity is much easier gained if one accepts the fact that there is work involved in making them come about. We seem to be such a "me" centered society now and we are worse off for it. There truly is beauty in a line of ironed shirts hanging in a row. A table beautifully set and a meal made with love. And quite honestly I would rather walk on a floor that has been mopped than on one where no one cared enough to attend to the task. All these things take work and effort on our part but they are more than worth it! But I also fear that more and more people are unwilling to put forth the effort because of a selfish lifestyle.
So, a constant and earnest effort. It is a faithful, unswerving love and devotion that is serious in intention and sincerity and applied to the work of our lives. I think these are thoughts that will help me daily when my flesh is wanting to give into laziness.
This entire study also brings to my mind Titus 2:3-5. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
May God bless you as you attend to the quiet pleasures of your home!