Amelia put the last plate in the dishwasher and cleaned the kitchen sink. "I'm tired of doing all this work," she grumbled. "Dishes, laundry, cleaning the bathroom, straightening things up--there's no end!"
"Hey, you're not the only one who works around here," her brother, Patrick, reminded her. "Dad and I made dinner tonight. And, I might add, without griping about it."
"Well, I don't know why Mom had to go and get a job," Amelia said.
"You oughta know," said Patrick. "You're one of the reasons she went to work."
"Me? I didn't ask her to go out and find a job!"
"No, but the money she makes will pay for things you and I need--like food and clothes," said Patrick.
"Dad's always paid for all that," Amelia argued.
"Yeah, but he's been cut back to part time for now, and we don't know how long it will last," said Patrick. "Money's been tight, and when the chance came for Mom to take this job, she felt it was an answer to our prayers, so she took it." He frowned. "Mom's making all kinds of sacrifices for us. Can't you make a few for her?" With that, Patrick left the room.
Amelia thought about Patrick's words. Am I acting like a spoiled brat--grumbling just because I have to do extra chores? she asked herself. I don't mean to be, but...I guess I am. She felt ashamed. "Dear Jesus," Amelia murmured quietly, "please forgive me for being so selfish. Help me be willing to make sacrifices for others like You did for us. And please help me have a better attitude from now on. Thank You for all the good things You give us."
When Mom arrived home a little later, Amelia gave her a big hug. "Hi, Mom!" she said with a smile. Patrick looked at her in surprise.
"Hi, kids," said Mom. "How was your day?"
"Good," replied Amelia. "Want me to heat up your dinner? Dad and Patrick made beef stew, and it's delicious!" She giggled at Patrick's puzzled expression. So far, only she and God knew she had a changed heart. Ruth I. JayHOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you often need to help out at home because your parents work? Do you find it easy to complain if you have to do a few extra chores? Remember that your parents work to provide for you. They do it because they love you, and you can show them love in return by being willing to make sacrifices too. Thank God for your parents and for the work He has given them, and show them His love by cheerfully helping out at home.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Philippians 2:14 (KJV)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing. (NIV)