I realised that I do not write a weekend 'to-do' list for my husband.
Reference: v.18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I was listening to LightFM (Melbourne Christian radio) the other day and heard an advertisement about a handyman company. The woman on the ad had to rely on this company because her husband never got around to doing the tasks around the house that she had set for him to do over the weekend. This got me thinking. I realised that I do not write a weekend 'to-do' list for my husband. I'd heard of these lists before, you know, where one spouse will write a list filled with domestic tasks they would like the other spouse to do once they have finished work. I wondered if this was something most couples did. Was I weird not having one of these lists for my husband? The ad seemed to suggest that I was the exception rather than the rule. But I then thought about how hard my husband worked and thought it would be terrible to confront him with a 'to-do' list at the end of a busy working week. I thought that I was a rather caring and thoughtful wife for not having such a list… and therefore I should tell him so. And so the next time we went for an evening stroll together I reminded him how thoughtful I was for not having a 'to-do' list for him each week. He did appreciate not having such expectations on the weekend, however he was a little unsure about why I needed to remind him that this list did not exist in our house. I think it's important to remind each other just how wonderful we are sometimes!!
Application: We definitely need reminding of wonderful God is. With all that God has done for us in the past and His promise to always be there for us in the future, we need to be reminded of what a wonderful Lord we serve. That is what I hear Moses saying all throughout Deuteronomy: No matter how great life gets, remember that it's the Lord that got you through. God has done everything for us and expects nothing in return. And yet so often we get caught up with the busyness of life and so caught up in our own self-importance that we forget to give all the credit to God. Thankfully Moses has written Deuteronomy to remind us how great God is.
Prayer: Lord, we could never possibly repay You for all that You have done for us. May we be reminded each and every day of Your mighty power and love. Amen.
What great things has God done in your life lately?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.