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Work Saving Tips

April 28, 2011

“People will never notice if your windows are clean, but they WILL notice if they’re dirty.”  Mom imparted this bit of knowledge to me when I was ten years old and in the midst of the unhappy week called “Spring Cleaning.” 

Mom was actually talking about windows, but her wisdom applies quite readily to a number of situations.  Prepare well for a meeting, and people may or may not be grateful for your hard work.  Run an unorganized meeting, and you’ll hear how disappointed everyone was.  Stay in shape and your clothes will fit.  You may not look remarkable, but your clothes will fit.  Don’t work out, and your waist band is soon pinching. 

A couple weeks ago I sat drinking tea with a friend in my living room and tried hard not to obsess about my filthy windows.  At last I had to face reality.  No one could miss seeing the mud splattered panes.  Something had to be done. 

With the level of enthusiasm that matched my desire to wash windows when I was ten, I went to the store for window washing supplies.  A coworker had told me about a new Windex all-in-one product for washing outdoor windows.  I was willing to try anything; so I bought the little box with “everything I needed:” 1) snap together handle, 2) scrubby head, and 3) scrubby pad full of scrubby substance. 

Two days later I was still accosting everyone I knew with my sales pitch.  “I’ve discovered the most amazing new product,” I gushed to my attentive audiences.  As they leaned forward in anticipation, I continued.  “Windex makes an all-in-one kit for washing your outside windows, and it works like magic!”  Then I went on to explain how all you do is rinse your windows with a garden hose, push the Windex scrubby pad, which is conveniently attached to the long handle, across the windows, and again rinse the windows with the garden hose.  “The windows SPARKLED, and I did all of the outside windows in 30 minutes.”

No one I knew was going to miss out on this fabulous news if I could help it.  I was on a mission to save my friends from any work they might have otherwise unnecessarily put into their windows.

As marvelous as my window washing, work saving news is, I have something even better to report.  God loves you, and He loves you just as you are.  He loves you if you’re tall or short, dark or fair, and smart or not so smart.  He loves you with your flaws and even loves you when you’re bad.  (He doesn’t love your badness; He just loves you!) 

The best news of all is that God sent His Son, Jesus, into our sinful world to die for us so that we could be saved from the sinfulness that separates us from God.  Jesus’ blood was the price demanded for our unrighteous deeds, and so He willingly died and rose again after three days. 

Most remarkable of all, He does not ask us to work for this salvation but gives it freely to us as a gift.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5

Have you accepted His free gift?

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