Pr. 14:4: “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox. “
At times we think life would be so much easier without kids running around messing up the house, without having to make more trips to the store for food, without people constantly emailing, texting, or dropping by, or without people requiring us to visit and spend time with them.
However, as we see in this verse, that is just not so. Well, ok…maybe the house would be cleaner if no one was messing it up. Maybe we would have more money if we weren’t having to restock the refrigerator or entertain guests. Perhaps we would have more time on our hands if we didn’t have so many people contacting us or counting on us.
Our lives, however, are increased by those around us. Having people in our lives that care enough about us to come around gives us strength. Having a family to care for us when it matters is an amazing gift from God. Having friends reach out and help when we are weak or unable is a blessing like no other.
Sure, our home may be cleaner without little ones leaving messes, but without those little ones, we wouldn’t have giggles, unexpected hugs, imaginative play, or as many trips to the zoo.
Not having people reach out to us may indeed free up our time, but without friends and family who care, we wouldn’t have affection, unexpected gifts, meals when we’re down, or reactions to the new recipe we want to try out.
There is strength in numbers. There may be a little more work in it for us, but it’s worth any sacrifice on our part. Without others in our lives, we would simply find ourselves in a very clean, very unscheduled world…all alone.
Let’s make sure to be grateful for the oxen in our lives. (And I mean that in the very best of ways). Without them our lives sure would be boring and a lot more lonely.
Grateful for all those messing up my trough,