I've been in church my whole life and have heard my share of spiritual sports analogies. Maybe men think that the holy life is lived out like a baseball game, but I think that women instinctively know that it's never the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded, two outs, three balls and two strikes.
Oh, no. In our hearts, we know that the spiritual journey is exactly like....laundry.
First, we know there is cleansing involved.
And second, we know: It. will. NEVER. end.
I'm chuckling a little bit, but if you've ever felt like you're drowning, don't know which end is up, been put through the wringer and then hung out to dry, I think you know what I'm talking about. It's hard to see what in the world God is doing when you're in the middle of difficult times.
I pulled fresh towels from the dryer last night, and reflected on how God uses everyday object lessons like laundry to remind me that HE will never be finished with ME. You see, when we are used up, messed up, and hung up on stuff, He swoops in and makes everything right. Cleansed, forgiven, cared for....He never considers us too "mundane" to keep working on. Maybe that sounds silly, but thinking about that truth made the load of towels a joy to fold.
OK, maybe not a JOY per se, but a "pleasurable task."
Since we are talking about laundry (and the fact that it never ends) today, let's incorporate it into our Small Thing.
Today's Small Thing is to do one load, from start to finish.
That means washed, dried, folded and put away. I will probably do a load of sheets...so easy....but you can do any load you want, even a small one. Doing something small, from start to finish, can be a huge victory if you are feeling overwhelmed with life. Pat yourself on the back for accomplishing something that rarely gives you glory, and enjoy the big points to make the job even easier.
POINTS: 50 for doing one complete load of laundry, big or small. Washed, dried, folded and put away! Woo!
BONUS POINTS: ADDITIONAL 30 for one more complete load!
What's your favorite laundry detergent? Have you ever made your own? Are you *ever* caught up on laundry? Share your wash-day secrets, my friends.