There is so much noise. Everywhere I turn, something is ringing in my ears demanding my attention, and I am exhausted. The tile saw in our bathroom is the loudest right now. One of our family goals this year is to refinish the upstairs bathrooms. The kids’ bathroom went pretty great, minus the 300lb vanity that we had to install in one piece. Oh, and the shower valve that we twisted too far and had to have a plumber replace...so minus two issues. All things considered, we were done in 11 days and under budget. Not too shabby.
We are in the beginning stages of the master bath, and it is kicking my butt. The past five nights, I have gone to bed with dry, cracked hands, stuff up my nose, and body aches all-over. Goals come with a price, and sometimes it is physical. There have been multiple times where I am just cursing the bathroom and wondering why we didn’t just pay to have someone do it. At least the tile. Then I remember what it costs and what we are saving by doing it ourselves, minus my temporary sanity.
My dad reminded me the other day how, as a kid, I loved helping do projects with them at their old house in Denver. They were always doing a bathroom or a floor or something, and I was always eager to jump in and get dirty. I don’t recall complaining because I was just happy to be a part of it, working with my hands.
It reminds me of episode 3 of The Chosen. Jesus finds himself surrounded by a bunch of kids who stumbled upon his little camp. In a few scenes, He gives them work to do, but they don’t care. They love being with Him regardless of what they are doing.
Maybe God wants us to work hard and play hard. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive. To remember the joys of being alive, like when we were kids. And the humility of just letting go!
3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:3-4
P.S. I will post before and after pics when we are done!
*Not coincidentally, right after the grout incident, I happened to read chapter 2 from The Good and Beautiful Life, which is all about the gift of play. I love when God affirms me like that!
February 2, 2021