Dear Dirt I Have a Mop
Wow, you try to get to me with your surreptitious creep. Now, others may not have recognized you as in general things are tidy. Still, I saw your annoying particles mounting on the table tops, as the mound's form with gradual yet purposeful anticipation.
I have to admit I am a bit in awe of your persistence but don’t think for a second that your gathering of dust bunnies in the hidden corners has gone under my radar, I see you, and I know you are there!
I react to you as you sneak in around me and while this common thing should not rattle me, you seize me, as if pulling me into your web where the frustration from your presence places me in a tailspin.
Why do I allow you to have power over me for you are small and barely noticeable? Is it that you beguile my belongings and infiltrate my calm demanding my attention? While I know you are there getting under my skin, I give you a more significant impact than you deserve.
I get overwhelmed by life and want to attend to you, and yet more important things take heed. Thus, the timing of your removal stretches on into another week. Ugh!
It's not that I haven’t tackled you or attempted to get you under control. It’s that as I start the process, as I go to another area where I see more of you. At this moment, I again stop and try to figure the best way to address your attack. If I do a half decent job, I will not need to bother with you for a while.
I know you will find your way back regardless of my attention to you, but never you mind, I am cleansing myself of your distraction giving credence to your repetition. This compulsion to rid my life of you will not prevail as I have a mop!
I do feel a sense of repair and renewal as I wash you away and I see the bright reflection you are hiding. I will use the tools at my disposal to limit your return. I realize, Dirt, which it will be an ongoing battle, but I am armed and ready, so bring it on!
You, dear dirt, can’t gain power over me, unless I allow your presence to affect my mood, motivation, focus and most importantly, my joy in life's experiences. Which are far better than the feelings you bring. Look out Dirt, I have a dustpan and a mop!
Reflecting on the DIRT in life
As I reflect on my quite passionate feelings on the build-up of, Dirt and other chores, that had fallen by the wayside in the past few weeks, I became saddened about why I would let any of this bother me, even for a minute.
Why would I give energy to anything that is out of my control due to circumstance? But I did. I gave it attention even spewing my frustration at all things DIRT. A comic reaction yes, but a symbolic one for sure, as it all became clear to me in retrospect.
My release of frustration came at the things that were overtaking me. The laundry list of general duties that I was unable to get to for a variety of reasons. Not even choices as they were life happenings requiring prioritization.
So, when I reflected on my DIRT, I was pleased that I prioritized life and love before the handling of things out of my control. By doing so, it was comforted by God’s Grace I again found calm.
This calm in the storm did not mean I would not address the DIRT; in fact, I became even more committed to making a plan to solve it, in time slowly, and with purpose, however, I will not take time for the needs of others and myself merely to remove dirt that seeks to distract and annoy.
This conversation with myself brought me to the clarity of my disdain. It was not the dust bunnies or mounds of DIRT that were bothering me. It was so much more; it is my choice to rid my life, of as much sin, as I can and know I fail, miserably, due to many things. I fail, due to Judgments, assumptions, humanism, Ignorance, the concern over acceptance by others, and lack of knowledge to name a few.
I find it sad that because one chooses to share or talk about their attempt to clear away the DIRT in their life, with a Christ-centered focus and continual quest for knowledge of Him, that it makes one a candidate for ridicule and assumptions that they are presenting a fake perfectionism.
Some assume this focus limits their ability to be accepting of others dirt. But this is a genuine misconception, for to be honest as a Christian you should realize you are with sin, imperfect and unworthy due to your dirt. You also understand it is only with God we can clear away the crud! Even when God supplies the mop, we should work out the DIRT together. After all, we get way more done when working as a group with a focus.
If you are attempting to be a humble Christian, why would you want to place judgments or assumptions on anyone? No one should ever put down, point fingers, or make anyone feel less than or left out! We should want one thing for everyone. That thing is for each person to feel the love of God in his or her own heart. To feel guided, loved and accepted right where they are.
Welcoming and forgiveness are always possible, regardless of situations, as long as one takes responsibility for their actions, repents and chooses to live for God’s glory and in His Grace.
Christian never means better than anyone else, yet, being a Christian should cause you to recognize your unworthiness and imperfections as well as your dirt. At least enough to allow the conscience thought of God's sacrifice for all sinners, and God willing the Holy Spirit, nags at you to take care of your dirt or sin daily.
Of course, it's a process, some days will go well and others not so well, but it is the continual clearing away that gets the job done. It saddens me the uneasiness I see that comes up with people when we use God and His word as our mop. Openly using it and sharing Him. I suppose it's not surprising in this current society, just a little sad. As fear and intimidation limit many to use God when immersed a morose crowd.
How about getting bold with your mop?
How about getting bold with your mop especially if your broom is the cleansing of God's word the living water? People love to share many topics, and they get excited about them. The next show, a big game, the new fashion statement, our favorite team, hobby, even our choice of weekend activity. All these things are fantastic to talk about, and I love to hear the new stuff going on in people's lives.
I like the opinionated, the passionate, the funny and sarcastic comedy of some and even the confused and peculiar conversation of a few, as I want to always be a life learner. Nonetheless, I want to be that life learner as it relates to Gods word and for that, I will stand proud and in honor of His teachings. I will present His mop and offer it to others and even help them, hoping they to will help me right back.
People may get uncomfortable with your topic, especially if they don’t know it. But that's okay, listen and be excited for them. Let them know they are important to you because they are. Tell them that you care about what matters to them and that they are essential. Isn't it true that most people want to be loved and accepted as they are?
Don’t judge people; you have no right to do that, instead, learn from them and have fun getting to know their reality. Then they will do the same for you. They may confuse what they don’t understand this as a natural defense.
Eventually, they will let down their guard, take you as you are and let you be you, and that is why it is important to use God's mop in your daily life. This way others can see it is a doable option for all to clean house. Allow them to know the word of God and that His grace and mercy are new each day and there for all who seek Him with an open heart.
Stand tall and be you as a Christian work in progress that we all are. It may not be your most natural role on the outside, but on the inside, it will come together as you work on it.
God sees you trying and succeeding, He even sees you failing, but He will never let you go. Let your light shine, smile as they laugh and never let your fire go out. Shine for Him; His grace looks good on you.
Just ask Him in, He has already invited you to the party, His invitation is always open. It is useful and most important to add Him to our conversations because many want to believe. The world beats them down moving them farther away from the real truth that God loves them, and they may be allowing fear to take over separating them from the reality of God's promises.
You too may be afraid of what others think? How about letting go of that dirt? God has the perfect mop to clear it all away and give you back your sparkle!
© 2012 Kathy Henderson