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posted Aug 25, 2013, 5:23 AM by Christine Merrill   [ updated Aug 25, 2013, 5:23 AM ]
Ellis came home with a big homework assignment this weekend - the teacher gave them a big poster-sized coloring sheet with places to write/draw pictures about yourself.  It was really cool, especially for Ellis, who has always loved coloring and decorating things.  I was really surprised when she groaned about how much homework she had over the weekend.  "It will take me HOURS, Mom!" 
    "But you like coloring, Ellis!"  I hadn't quite gotten why this was a problem.
    "But it's HOMEWORK, Mom!"  Oh, I get it.  It came from school, it's an assignment, so it must be burdensome and boring.  It turns out that when she did it during quiet time on Saturday, she had a blast, and is very proud of how it looks now.  And it is really cute.

All this got me thinking about the "assignments" God gives us.  Is it possible that when he assigns us to share the gospel with our friends or go to 3 hours of church or visit sick or lonely people, he might be trying to give us assignments that will be enjoyable as well as educational?  Too often, my reaction to a heavenly homework assignment is, "It will take me HOURS!"  I need to focus more on, "Oh, doing that makes me happy."  Because it always seems to happen that it actually does!
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