“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much” Luke 16 :10

As the holidays wind to a close and the new school and work year begins I have been reminded about the importance of being diligent in the little things. Maybe you are facing a new season of life this year and you want to know how it is all going to pan out, or maybe you are dissatisfied with your role as a mum and wish you were doing something more exciting and “important”. Rest assured that there is no more important job than raising the children God has given you and giving them a warm and stable environment to flourish in.

My slow cooker is a great tool for making meal preparation simple.
My slow cooker is a great tool for making meal preparation simple.

It is easy to get excited about grand plans, but sometimes harder to get excited about all those everyday tasks that make up a life. However, it is diligence in those every day activities that often creates big results. For example, it may seem a little mundane to be diligent with meal preparation, but the rewards can really stack up. Making the effort to think ahead about what the family will eat for the week, writing a list, shopping and then making sure each day that you get on with meal preparation early enough so that you’re not struggling and stressed, is a real gift to your family. Just think, a little effort in this department could result in huge savings on last minute takeaways, just $30 per week on takeaways adds up to $1500 per year; not to mention the reduction in stress and meal times being a pleasure rather than a struggle.  Here, here and here are a few simple recipes for family meals.

Some baking can be a great activity to do with the kids as well as supply some treats for snacks.
Some baking can be a great activity to do with the kids as well as supply some treats for snacks.

Learning to embrace the work I do in my home, has been an ongoing process for me, but now that my children are adults I can see that all those little things eventually paid off. There are so many distractions that can steal time away from doing what we need to do, but the end result of wasting too much time being distracted is stress. Of course, it is a wonderful thing to carve out a little time to relax during the day, maybe when your children have rest time. I used to have my quiet time in the afternoon when my baby was sleeping and that refreshed me to be able to tackle the rest of the day. So I would encourage you to see your home life as a wonderful and important project, every bit as worthy of your full effort as any pursuit. Wherever you are in your life, remember to get God’s perspective on your life, and throw yourself into being faithful in the little things.