Yes this is a picture of dishes and the reason is because this morning I had no clean coffee mugs…I had to resort to using a to-go mug when I wasn’t going anywhere. I wanted to spare you from another picture of MY dirty dishes in my sink…so I found you this piece of art instead.
So how did this happen? how did they get so pilled up? Upon my investigation while stacking them on the counter to clear the sink to begin this major task I found out that it all started with salad plates. Yes salad plates. I left 1 in the sink to do later cause it was only one from my bagel that day….then the next meal I remember having the thought “I will stack it on top of the other one and do them later”…..that is what happened and kept happening for the next 7 days! This reminds me of the book by Joshua Harris called “not even a hint“. When I allow a little bit of anything that isn’t good for me into my life, it’s like I allowed the whole big monster.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:3
This scripture talks about sexual sin, but I’m applying it to the sin of laziness which to me is just as bad.
I keep trying to change, to transform into this lady who will wash her dishes after every meal or drink. I am good for awhile and then all it takes is one time of giving myself an inch of slack and a week has gone by and I have a sink full of dirty dishes. It’s amazing to me that I can see them everyday and sometimes more than once….sitting in the sink and I am able to walk away and not commit to doing them. I do have to say that I put them on my TO DO list each day though….
So now that I have them all done. What is my strategy for this coming week you ask? Well, I am going to wash them when I use them, it really is an effective way to keep my sink empty! It really was amazing to never have dishes in my sink during the times that I conformed to my plan. Okay and if I have to leave quickly and don’t have time to do them, I am going to commit to doing them when I get home. My friend Trinity had suggested I do that before. So now that my way didn’t work, I’m going to take her advice!
This is really more than just about keeping my dishes done, it’s about a spirit of excellence that I want to have in all areas of my life. It’s such a process of cleaning up and being diligent all the time. Not allowing any slack or compromise to come in. What does that look like for a full time student doing a lengthy internship, working part-time and serving anywhere she can??? Well I think it looks like continually picking up after myself but knowing that crafts and homework are always going to be around. But not to let other things pile up and become clutter!
“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” Hebrews 6:11
If I am diligent in doing dishes….just think how easy it will be to be diligent in other areas!