I have never closely evaluated the 3rd Commandment. Thus, my own conscience is a bit fuzzy on the subject.
My situation: Yesterday (Saturday) my sister and I started gutting our room as it was half pig-sty, half teenager girl’s room. We finished everything except for cleaning out the large drawer under my bed that is filled with all my 5-year-old-pack-rat-junk. So after I got home from Church today I spent the entire afternoon cleaning out the drawer. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I know this doesn’t fall under the “Keeping the Lord’s Day holy” category. The only justification I have besides just wanting to finally clean it is that my sister was with me the whole time and we talked, laughed, and listened to music while we straightened. Also, my little sisters came in and we had fun sorting through stuff my sister and I had when we were little with them. So, in a sense, it was also bonding time. Nevertheless, I feel bad.
The second circumstance in question arouse about an hour ago. I have been seriously slacking on the dishes in the past month…in fact, I might have done them once when I used to do them every night! As a result, my Mom has been doing them. They didn’t get done yesterday, and I knew if I didn’t do them, she’d stay up late and do them herself. She gets up several hours earlier than anyone else in the house, and I knew she didn’t deserve the burden of doing them. I wanted to do her a favor, so I did them. She was very thankful, but, again, dish-washing isn’t exactly keeping the Lord’s Day holy.
So, now I feel guilty and unsure of if I committed any kind of sin today. What do you think?
God bless, and thank you for your feedback!