When I worked for the bank, it was a big deal for the vice-president to come into town and your branch was chosen as one that he would stop by. It was much like a town would feel if the president or prime minister was coming through. Everyone wore their best, the branch was scrubbed from top to bottom, and every last piece of paper was filed. The vice-president saw our best. The average customer on any given day, may not.
Last week, I was waiting for the cable guy to come. I had actually gotten dressed in real clothes, not yoga pants or sweats, and made sure I put some make-up on and my hair looked as if something had actually been done to it. Normally, pajamas are an optional dress code, at least until noon, and make-up is only used if I am going out into the world. The cable guy got my best, at least in daytime appearance, but my husband doesn’t on a day to day basis.
So, why do we do our best for people who really do not matter in our lives?
I am reading “The Purpose-Driven Life” for the fourth time and Rick Warren talks about doing our best, in all the little things and big things, for God, in addition to ourselves and our loved ones. I never really thought God cared if I did the best job cleaning the kitchen. But, why wouldn’t he if it is true that every act is an act of worship?
I have been trying to impress the wrong people.
I have been doing that my whole life.
I am not sure I have it in me to every day, without fail, treat my husband’s coming home from work on the same scale as the branch did when the V.P. was coming. But, I know I can do better. Maybe being properly dressed would be a start. I am not sure if I can joyfully and wholeheartedly clean the kitchen every day because it is a chore I find little joy in when I know within hours the counters will hold dirty dishes and bread crumbs again. But, turning it into an act of worship makes it so much more than a dreaded chore.
Today I start anew. I am going to go get presentable for my personal V.P. and sing and dance while I clean the kitchen, finish the laundry, and wash the floors. I am going to do my best in all the little things and the big things.
Who knows, maybe I will impress the right people today!