On my journey to explore holiness and housekeeping, it’s been 7 days into a 66 day experiment to keep two rooms in my house “5-minutes to clean”. If you missed my first article, check it out here.
Just to recap, I’m exploring the idea that how I discipline myself with my housework is a reflection of my spiritual discipline, so I’m attempting to keep two areas of my home clean enough to be company ready in 5 minutes, and more importantly – look for the spiritual lessons I can learn while doing so.
I‘m happy to say, the first 6 days were a great success! I loaded the dishwasher after daily meals and wiped down the stove every day. I gave the floor a quick sweep and even cleaned out the refrigerator, because clean on the inside is important too!
As I approached each task, I prayed, seeking wisdom and insight. There was such a sense of peace, and I felt closer to God than I have in a very long time.
Waking up in the morning to a clean space was a new adventure for me, and I have to say, I liked it a lot.
Now you may have noticed I started by saying I’m 7-days into this journey and the first 6 were wonderful. This is not a typo. Because you see, on day 7…my husband came home.
He was traveling the first week, so my first 6 days were solo.
Gene’s been home for 10 hours now and there are shoes, a suitcase, and dishes already out of place. You see, he did not sign up for my little experiment, nor did he know anything about it. It took me about 2 hours before I started to become stressed, and short tempered. That new-found peace evaporated.
What happened? Can my sense of well-being really be so precarious, that adding 1 person into the mix makes my house of cards come tumbling down? What does that say about me?
So I sat down with my journal to uncover what God was trying to teach me through this little hiccup in my experiment. There are SO MANY lessons I could pick out, but here is what He said to me that day.
People are messy. But that’s not a bad thing. It was so easy to keep my life in order when I was on my own. Without distractions. Without conflict. But neither was there any laughter when Gene wasn’t home. There wasn’t anyone to share the victories, or help carry the burden either.
With a little conversation, I laid out for Gene what I was trying to do, and now, I’m not the only one loading up the dishwasher! So even though people can be messy, the burden is lighter when it is shared.
Here is my lesson from God. People are messy but worth it. What good is a clean home, if there is no one to share life in it? I think God views us that way too. I sure know I’m a mess! But God still wades into a relationship with me, bringing his patience and Grace every day, God said it Himself: “two are better than one…a chord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecc 4:9-12)
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