The whole house was done. I got the last few corners of my bedroom and began to wind up the cord.
I am so happy.
My favorite house chore complete again. Of all the tasks left undone for weeks, vacuuming is not one of them.
So happy. Happy?
My thoughts were provoked.
This floor will be messed up in days. Where will my happiness be then?
It’s not wrong to have a good feeling from something being clean or put in order. But where did this love come from? Is there a deeper reason I enjoy the finished product of vacuuming?
I believe, yes! Created in God’s image, made in the likeness of the One who operates with complete order and beauty – this is from Him! And He is a source of happiness that will never end.
Of course it’s not wrong to feel happy about a house that is vacuumed. But let temporal happiness point you to something eternal. Shouldn’t that be one of the permanent benefits of our daily work? Take note of that love of order; revel in the One who gave it to you.
Worship the Lord for being made in His image. Worship Him for the common grace of loving the things He loves. Worship Him for giving us meaningful work and for the ability to enjoy it. Worship Him for being the One who does everything perfectly.
The list could go on. And after worship there is thankfulness.
Thankful for a vacuum. Thankful for energy and time. Thankful for people to vacuum after. Thankful for a house to vacuum.
Good theology takes you so much farther than temporal good feelings. It challenges you to know what is true about God and to see yourself in light of Him.
Everything true and beautiful about Him will remain even when the floor is messed up again. And that is something to be eternally happy about.