My house is a mess.
There are crumbs on the floor, fingerprints on the door.
I haven’t dusted in months or even mopped my floor.
I’m scared to look underneath the couch.
I have all of our papers stuffed into a pouch.
There are pine needles strewn all around the Christmas tree.
There are dishes in the sink, and, well, on the toilet there’s pee.
My calendar sadly still says November.
The last time I cleaned baseboards, I can’t even remember.
The oven has cooked-on food that’s kinda grimy
In the fridge is something that’s green and slimy.
I look around and see a house that’s a mess.
It’s all quite disconcerting, I must confess.
Want to know why my house isn’t clean?
I’m a mom with 5 kids, and we’re homeschooling!
My morning is filled with reading and math
Then science and art, no time for a bath!
I spend my time helping form little minds
Into lovers of Jesus, who try to be kind.
My focus is not on the un-mowed front lawn
but on the hearts of these little ones, who will soon be gone.
I would rather spend time engaging with them
Than doing the dishes or picking up army men.
Sure, they put away toys and clean up the dirt.
But within 10 minutes, the mess is absurd!
So, why should I fight it? Why get so stressed?
In a short number of years, I will be distressed.
For the pitter-patter of little feet
Will be gone in a flash, and my house will be neat.
I’ll look back and long for the days filled with mess
When we laughed, and we played, and wanted nothing less.
The house will be clean, but my heart will hurt
For those days when their bedrooms were lined with dirty shirts.
No hustle and bustle and loud, crazy house.
Just silence. And stillness. The quietness of a mouse.
So yes, my house is a true disaster.
But that’s ok, it’s not something I’m trying to master.
I’ll take the dust and the dirt and the chaos and grime,
If it means that I get to spend all this time
Knowing my kids and them knowing me.
It’s really the very best thing that can be!
So put down that duster. Just leave that mess.
Spend time with your kids, and be truly blessed!