Monday is likely the most dreaded day of the week. And we all know why. It’s the day that crushes the anticipation of Friday, the joy of Saturday, and the restfulness of Sunday. It’s Monday when most of us return to work, or, at the very least, return to normal, regularly scheduled busyness. Monday is dreaded by most because most seem to dread their work. But does it have to be that way? Is there a way instead to find true and lasting joy in our labors, particularly in vocations that often include mundane demands and repetitive labor? Motherhood certainly fits that description, and although motherhood is not a job as we’ve come to define jobs (because it isn’t paid in dollars), it is work.
When my children were babies and infants, my everyday work looked the same every single day. But during the state of mothering that I’m currently in, my everyday work looks quite different each day. Yet, the basic tasks of keeping the home haven’t changed since my kids were younger. Laundry still needs to be done, dishes still need to be washed, food still needs to be served. Day after day after day—it’s all the same. If we aren’t watchful, it’s easy to begin longing for something different—and maybe new and exciting. Work, especially repetitive and mundane work, can be quite difficult. Those repetitive and mundane tasks can reinforce the feeling of dread that we so often have about our work.
The Bible has much to say about work, but I want to focus on two areas that can help motivate us specifically in the mundane and everyday labors of love that we mothers perform.