A couple of weekends ago, I worked at a free laundry event. The event was created by a lady who does extreme couponing. Unlike most of the other folks on the TLC show, she does not hoard the items she gets, she gives them away to people who need them the most. There were so many things that touched me about that day but it is amazing how quickly I let those lessons slip from my mind. Well, until last night. I was doing laundry. As I was folding the laundry, Dashboard Jesus fell into the pile. I felt convicted. I say God never talks to me but when he tries to show me something, I say that is nice and I put it out of my head As I stood folding the laundry in my house, those lessons came flooding back. Thank goodness, he cares enough to remind me.
So, what can we learn from a free laundry day.
- God is not Dead!
I met a lady at the event. She lives on a very tight budget. Not the kind of tight budget I live on, where I have a lot of room for extras, but a real tight budget. She was thinking she was going to have to wait for her check to come in the mail before she could do her laundry. She was watching TV and saw an advertisement for the free laundry event. When she got there, she felt love and acceptance. She knew God was alive but she felt it deep in her soul. I know God is alive but do I feel it in my bones. Do I feel it so deep, that I am willing to sacrifice so others can feel his love? I am not even talking about a big sacrifice. Maybe my Starbucks or even a pair or shoes or movie trip. She said she was going to proclaim, her words not mine, that God is indeed alive to everyone she saw. Do you feel like God is alive in your life? What are you willing to sacrifice?
- No matter how dirty our laundry is, God makes us clean.
There were all types of people at the laundry mat. Some people are there because they need to wash something big. Most people are there because they do not have the equipment at home. It is amazing what people will tell you at the laundry mat. People have real life struggles. Some of them are money issues. Some of them are bad decisions. Some of them are just because. As I stood out and looked at the crowd, I thought all of these people are God’s children. No one is more important than another. We all have struggles. Some are bigger than others. We all have dirty laundry and only through God can we be made clean. All of us that have been around the church block know this. God has shown each of us this grace. Why is it so hard to extend that grace to those not like us?
- Any gift to someone, be it kindness or some help, shows them God’s love.
At this laundry event, people brought snacks for everyone to eat while we there. There was also bottles of water. The police were there to make sure everyone was safe, which was not a problem, but they also brought things to hand out, like pens and coloring books and bags for the kids. In talking to one of the little girls there with her mom, she asked me if she was allowed to have some of the snacks. She said she did not want to get arrested. Before she left, she told me this was the best day ever and asked me if I would be her best friend. Kindness means so much and does not cost a thing. A little bit of help, giving a cookie or a hug also goes a long way. What would happen to our neighborhood if evreyone looked out for each other and showed some kindness. Waht if we even lended a helping hand? I think it is easy for me to say since I live in a small town but what about when I go to the city. It is easy t be kind to someone like me but what abpout those who are different. My attitude goes a long way in showing God’s love, not only to the person receiving but to me.
Life is about the little moments that change you. Will I allow myself to be changed? Am I paying attention to the little moments and not just searching out the big earth shattering moments?