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How to Study the Bible While You Clean Your House
Between getting to and from work, carting the kids to and fro, walking the dog, cooking dinner, spending quality time with the family, and keeping the house in working order, your day is full. Despite your best intentions, you may find yourself putting off your Bible studies. After all, by the end of the day you're beat.
While the Bible deserves undivided attention, there are times when multitasking is in order. If time is in short supply, you may find the spiritual nourishment you need by adopting this practice. Imagine studying the Bible while you clean your house, wash the dishes, mow the lawn, walk the dog, or commute to work – you might even start looking forward to these duties.
Listening to the Bible while Doing Chores
Unless you're willing to duct tape your Bible to the top of your vacuum cleaner, you'll need to invest in audio technology. In fact, you probably already have everything that you need. For example, do you own an MP3 player or a home stereo system with a CD player or streaming audio capabilities? If so, you're set. All you need now is an audio source.
The possibilities are vast with everything from the Bible in audio book format and CDs filled with sermons, lectures, and stories to religious podcasts. Use the Internet to search for audio CDs and spiritual material that you can download to computer or stream to your stereo system. If you download an audio file, you'll then need to either burn it to a CD or DVD or transfer it to your MP3 player.
Once you have your files in place, it's time to turn up the volume and get to work. Listen to your spiritual audio files on the road, while you clean house, as you mow the lawn, as you work out at the gym, or anywhere else.
Too distracting? That's okay, too. Listening to the Bible or a religious podcast while cleaning the house or performing other tasks may be too much for some people. If you'd rather save your material for a quieter environment, by all means do so. However, that doesn't mean you can't devote some time to your devotions while mopping the floor.
Reflecting on the Bible while Doing Chores
Instead of listening to audio files, start your chores with a psalm or a few verses from the Bible and put your time laboring over the household chores to a higher purpose: reflection.
Here's a Bible story to ponder the next time you clean house: Luke 10:38-42. These verses tell a short story about two sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary took the time to listen to Jesus while Martha was preoccupied with her household chores. When Martha complained that Mary wasn't helping, Jesus told her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
As you perform your own household chores, think about what the verse means to you. Then consider if there other ways the verse can be interpreted.
Whether you listen to the Bible or reflect on it, by the time your chores are complete, not only will you will have a cleaner house, you'll have spent some time with God.