Doing domestic cleaning is like getting paid to exercise. Seriously. I can choose to focus on the good workout I’m giving my cardio-vascular system as well as my muscles and bones rather than on how tired and sore I am. As long as I don’t try to bend in a way that my body doesn’t want me to, I’ll be all right. Nothing that a hot shower and a comfy chair won’t fix.
One of the things I so appreciate about the kind of work I do is the low stress level. My clients let me know what kind of work they need done, and I basically go about it in a way that works for me. As long as it’s all done by the time I leave, the client is happy. I don’t have to stand in one spot for very long, and I don’t have anyone pressuring me to hurry up.
There are a lot of jobs that pay better, but with more money comes more stress. Emotional as well as physical. Sometimes we just have to make up our minds that we are going to settle for less money and preserve our sanity. Otherwise, those nice big paychecks will end up going largely toward prescription medication and psychotherapy because we just can’t handle the stress.
In the current issue of The Heartland News, the street paper I write for, Akili M,A,Yah and her twin brother M,A,Yah II (The Youngest Twin Journalists in the World!), feature their interview with Hot Boy, a popular DJ who works at Omaha’s #1 radio station, 106.9 FM. Hot Boy, who acquired his nickname while living in New Orleans (his section of town, or Ward, was the 10th Ward Hot Boys and Hot Girls), shares some great advice regarding work: “Never worry about the money, no matter what your career is. If you work for the money, you will never make the money you are working for. Worry about the love and passion. Do something you love, something you are passionate about.”
While attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, I had dreams of being an executive secretary, traveling around the world (heh-heh) and living in a luxurious home. My car was to be a green Mercedes-Benz. Ah, well. My beige Malibu is a big step up from my last car. More fuel efficient and much quieter! Over the years I’ve learned to be grateful for the good things that come my way and give God praise for His grace and compassion. It seems that the more I thank Him the more He gives me to be thankful for!
My ultimate goal is to become a published author. I have several projects in development, and the domestic cleaning is helping me pay bills while working toward that dream of seeing my name on the bestseller list. After sitting at a computer in State Farm’s word processing unit for seven years, I’ve come to appreciate the perks of domestic cleaning. I don’t report to the same location five days a week, and I don’t work with the same people all the time. Some of the houses I clean include pets, which is a big perk for me. I’m an animal lover! And if the client has a radio, I love listening to the Bott Radio Network while I’m working. That feeds my spirit while I’m earning money.
My home is not luxurious, but it’s a safe place and the rent fits within my budget. I know I can trust God to provide everything I need. I’ve often told people that if I don’t have it right now it’s because I don’t need it right now. When I need it, God will make sure I have it. And that’s where I get my peace and my joy. God will provide; He takes care of His own.
I like what Dr. David Jeremiah (Turning Point Ministries) said a few years back during one of his messages aired on Bott: “God is willing to take full responsibility for any life that is fully yielded to Him.” I started yielding my heart to Him more and more, and He started giving me more and more peace, joy, and contentment. Wow. So that’s how it works!
We can either grumble about how much we hate our jobs, or we can ask God to help us see the good in what we’re doing. He’ll show us if we really want to see it. Maybe the reason so many people just can’t find any enjoyment in life is because they’re leaving God out of the picture. The reason He created the human race was so that we would walk with Him in sweet fellowship. Once I started doing that, life started getting better. I started feeling better. I’m older than I’ve ever been before, and I feel younger and happier than ever. Weird, huh?
I don’t really know how much longer I’ll be cleaning houses (and one church), but I know God will provide me with all of the clients I need and all of the money I need so that I can have a comfortable and safe place to live and a reliable car to drive. Luxury? That’s the freedom from worry and fear. Two things that used to hound me like crazy. No matter what happens or doesn’t happen, I know my loving heavenly Father will take care of me. He’s prepared a place for me up yonder, and when it comes time for me to leave this world, I’ll be there. Forever and ever.
In the meantime, I will serve Him with gladness and refuse to worry about money. Like Hot Boy said, “Do it because you love it. If you love it, and can wake up with a smile, the money will come.” Amen!