It was big enough to be comfortable and small enough to not loose anyone, especially kids! 🙂
and drop off a large garbage bag full of clean, dry linens.
Well, actually they didn’t just drop it off,
They tossed it up the stairs.
If you were sitting in the house looking out the front door
you would see this large white bag come flying up the stairs.
It was quite humorous.
Then a little while later, another person would arrive to clean the house
and change any linens we left on the floor.
(If we didn’t need new towels/linens, we kept them hung up. Eco-friendly!)
Then they would bag up the dirty linens and leave them out for someone else to drive by and pick up.
So this may seem trivial to you.
But think about it.
The goal was accomplished through teamwork.
The goal was to get each house cleaned and stocked with fresh linens.
One person could have done this, driving from house to house
carrying the linens and doing the whole job themselves.
Instead, there was a team. The house got clean and they had help.
Isn’t life supposed to be like that?
So often I think I can just do it myself.
I know what needs to get done around my house.
I know what my to-do list consists of.
Just let me grieve and move on.
Just let me be angry, I’ll get over it.
Just let me carry my worry, fear and frustrations myself.
I can deal with it! I am strong enough. I’ll be just fine!
But wow, that gets boring, lonely, monotonous and sad…
doing life all by myself.
It can also squelch my spirit and sap me of all my energy,
which does not make me feel joyful and “clean”.
My heart gets heavy and my attitude gets crappy.
I know this, but I always seem to let it happen to me.
I need Jesus. I need the people Jesus has put in my life.
He provides all we need. So why do I so often ignore that and do it alone?
I have been challenged once again to not walk alone in this life.
Yes, some things I do need to just do,
like daily house chores. 🙂
But I sure don’t need to carry burdens all on my own.
It would do my heart and soul so much good if I would just allow myself to be vulnerable,
reach out to family and friends and ask for help when I need it.
It would also fill my days with so much joy if I take the time to share it with others.
What things to you carry on your own?
Who can you invite into your journey of life,
to be vulnerable with, to share frustrations and sorrows with, to laugh with?
May the Lord reveal those people of peace in your life and
may you be released of burdens and find healing, peace and joy!
“I have come that they (you) might have life and have it to the full.”
I noticed a lady with a canvas bag picking up trash.
Anything from bottles and cans to flip flops and t-shirts.
I didn’t find out if they were an official organization
or just a group of people with the same passion.
What struck me the most was the joy they had in doing it.
Each group greeted me in the morning with smiles and hellos.
Here they were, picking up trash,
things belonging to negligent people.
They could have been bitter and tired of picking up after people every week,
frustrated at people’s lack of appreciation for the shore,
but no, they were joyful.
It was a moment when I could have simply said thank you and smiled.
I did say thank you, but then I pondered on it.
Do I walk every day filled with joy?
When my house is a mess?
When my son is cranky?
When my laundry needs to be done?
When I am disappointed, let down or just picking up pieces from someone else’s mess?
No, I don’t.
I’ll admit it.
How do I wish to preserve these days?
My kids won’t be this age forever.
This season of my life will change to a new season.
I want my home to be filled with joy, even in the hard times.
I know there won’t always be happy days, but I can still walk with joy in my heart.
For I am loved and cared for.
I am forgiven and set free.
And so are you!
Dearest Lord Jesus, may I walk each day filled with joy knowing that you walk with me.
There is nothing that can separate me from you.
Let no obstacle, no worry, no frustration, no sorrow harden my heart.
Help me to preserve today and do my part to make it a beautiful one.
Let me choose Joy! For I have the freedom and the will to do so.