"When you clean out a vacuum cleaner, you become a vacuum cleaner". I read this today....very intriguing—kind of makes my mind hurt a bit. I really do enjoy cleaning, when I can solely focus on the task. I don't do well when I have to clean, cook AND be mom, wife and teacher all at the same time. You know how it goes, you start cleaning and somebody calls you to the other room for help. So you stop cleaning and help that person, only to see something in the other room that needs cleaning and start working there instead. Soon there are partially cleaned spots all over the house without any completion. This is not how I was taught to clean.
Growing up, my mom taught me and my siblings to clean well and thoroughly. She had a box with daily, weekly and monthly chores written on index cards. My mom would hand out a variety of the chores and when we were done, we would sign our names and date the cards. Cleaning well was something that came down from my great-grandma, to my grandma, to my mom and to me. It was said of my great-grandma, that all she needed for fun was a damp dusting cloth. Sadly, I don't keep that kind of "fun" in my life. As I've become an adult, I have come to think of myself as a half breed. My mom and the women before her were disciplined in their cleaning abilities and my dad is a wonderful artist. As I clean, I find myself wanting to stop and color in my adult coloring book or do my cross stitching. Sort of the left brain, fighting it out with the right. Wow, that makes me dizzy!
All that to say....the other day I was actually in the cleaning mood. I got my vacuum out and was cleaning the floors. I pull out the cleaning wand on the vacuum to work in the corners of the floor and great amounts of dust and debris come flying out of the hole where the wand was attached. NOT GOOD! I took the vacuum apart and checked it out. I cleaned out what I thought was the problem and put it all back together. Debris still came flying out the hole. SIGH! Well, I thought, I'll just not use my wand anymore. I told my husband about it and, good man that he is, he headed over to Lowes. After about 10 minutes later he called me to talk about vacuum cleaners. He asked me about Bissell and Shark, and then he mentioned Dyson. I kind of got excited about the possibility of a Dyson, but I had the nudge in my heart to tell him to look at the price. "OH" he said....that IS high. So he came home with our new vacuum cleaner, a bagless Shark. I love it! It's so pretty! After we put it all together, I got to try it out. Nothing makes you feel so great about your cleaning skills than seeing the junk your new vacuum is sucking up. YIKES! We were so comfortable with the broken down vacuum that we didn't realize that it was non effective.
How many times have I been wallowing in my comfort that I don't realize I'm being non effective? Lord Jesus, please help me to be effective for you, that I would be hot and not lukewarm. (Revelation 3:15-16 "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.) That is sobering to read.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.