Obedience Vs. Sacrifice

So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” (I Samuel 15:22, 23.)

Like most moms, mine would leave a list of chores for my brother and I to do while she was at work. Many times she would ask us to fold laundry or clean the bathrooms, but we would clean the kitchen, sweep the floor, or dust; just about anything, but what she asked us to do. Though we had not done what she asked, surely all that we did do would make up for it.