“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the oxen” (Proverbs 14:4)
This week we took our three little kids to Guatemala to experience working at an orphanage. (For the boys and I it was less work and more play) Whilst we were there I was reminded of something HUGE. Love isn’t usually CONVENIENT. It doesn’t usually come easily. It requires sacrifice.
Love is hard, and it’s messy. Sometimes it means sacrificing your family dynamic for a greater cause. (Like bringing in foster kids, or adopting) Sometimes it means staying in a marriage with someone who doesn’t deserve it because that’s what Christ did for you. (I’m not talking about abuse)
Life is CHAOTIC these days. I mean seriously. I have 3 kids under the age of four. My house is always a mess, and whenever I leave my house I feel like there is at least TWO huge meltdowns. Mom-life is messy.
I LOVE this verse in Proverbs because it’s all about the BLESSINGS that come with the mess and the chaos. The imperfect MESS that IS LIFE.
Oxen create messy barns. Oxen eat a lot. Oxen need a shelter. But, Oxen are extremely productive and prosperous. Would you forgo profitability because of inconvenience? Would you forgo a full-life because of the mess?
Don’t sell yourself short. People are messy. Kids are messy. Marriages are messy. Our lives are meant to be messy and full of love. Churches are messy! Ministry is messy. Don’t get hung up on the messes and ignore the abundant crops that the Oxen creates, the abundance that comes from using the Ox to plow, water the crops, harvest, and grind flour.
If you want a clean church, get rid of the people. A clean house, get rid of the kids
A clean marriage, nix the husband/wife, an easy ministry, don’t mix it with people.
Today, I want to challenge you to find beauty in the chaos. Beauty in the mess. Messy barns mean a full house. (Proverbs 14:4) A full house means a full-life.