Work should always be associated with joy...
The story is told of three women washing clothes. A passerby asked each what she was doing.
"Washing clothes" was the first answer.
"A bit of household drudgery" was the second.
"I'm mothering three young children who someday will fill important and useful spheres in life, and wash day is a part of my grand task in caring for these souls who shall live forever" was the third.
Ordinary work, which is what most of us do, most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as the extraordinary. All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore is not merely a duty but a holy privalege.
-Elisabeth Elliot- The shaping of a Christian Family