We Have Oxen…I Guess

[Originally posted September 14, 2012]

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4

So I’ve been complaining a lot lately about how frustrating it is that I can’t seem to keep up with everything, now that I’m working (that should really say WORKING) out and wearing myself out every morning.

But thank you, Lord, for giving us Oxen.

Yes, it’s true – if I had never joined this gym/bootcamp, I would have more time to do laundry and cook and all those other things. But rather than complain about the lack of time, I want to be grateful that we have a house to keep clean, plentiful clothes that require laundry, and indoor plumbing that must be cleaned.

If we had never had children, the house would be so easy to keep clean. Then again, if it wasn’t for the children, we wouldn’t need such a big house.

If we had never gotten a dog, the floors would stay cleaner. But what would be the point of shiny clean floors if I had no one with whom to enjoy them when I’m here alone during the day.

If I had never joined the gym, I would have more hours in the day, but what would be the point if my energy level just continued to decline over time?

Yes, I’m having my butt handed to me on a regular basis. Yesterday was probably the hardest day of cardio yet. However, I’m going to be thankful that I am still young enough to make these types of changes, and my body is able to be handle the calisthenics without (so far) sustaining injury.

So thank you, Jesus, for all the oxen today. Life would be simpler without them, but oh how grateful I am to have them.