Cause that’s what this blog is about.
This past Saturday I washed our windows. Now, I haven’t washed our windows for at least two years (maybe more).
(And don’t you dare judge me… there’s a saying about taking care of the dirt on your windows before judging the dust on mine. Or something like that.)
But the difference was amazing. I mean amazing! I literally couldn’t stop staring out our windows and I must have told Tara at least a dozen times how bright the world looked because of my selfless act of service.
But it was true! I was like I went from standard to high-def. The world suddenly appeared in all it’s technicolor 4K glory!
I feel like God rewarded my hard work with the stunning sunset you see in the image above. (Photo credit goes to Tracy Dueck who posted the picture through Steinbach Online’s Facebook page.)
But taking in that sunset I got thinking, “Why on earth didn’t I do this sooner?” Washing the windows really hadn’t taken very long and the difference was magnificent. I had forgotten the joy of a clean view.
Have you ever asked yourself the same question?
“Why didn’t I do ‘this’ sooner?”
Why didn’t I start working on my marriage sooner? Why didn’t I go to church sooner? Why didn’t I try sushi sooner? Why didn’t I play with my kids sooner?
And on and on and on.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret here, I don’t think God asks the same question of us.
God doesn’t bother with the “Why didn’t you start sooner…” shame. He just says, “Start.”
Have You Ever Noticed Jonah?
Have you ever noticed that one of the most disobedient people in the Bible, Jonah, was useful to God as soon as he got back on God’s agenda?
Think about it. Jonah was told to go to Nineveh and instead he literally went to the farthest point in the known world away from Nineveh. You know the story.
Jonah disobeys and heads out to sea.
God sends a storm.
The sailors call out to their gods (apparently not the right ones; the storm continues).
They all gamble to see who is to blame.
Jonah gets the short straw.
Jonah volunteers to get thrown into the drink.
(Oh and fish comes, fish eats, three days later fish vomits. The rest is history.)
But there’s a little detail in the narrative that I love. Right after the storm subsides, this slow realization sinks into the minds of the sailors.
“Now that is some God.”
Jonah 1:16 says, “The sailors were awestruck by the LORD’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.” (NLT2)
The very moment Jonah surrendered himself, the moment he got back onto God’s agenda for his life, that is the moment that God used him to save a whole ship full of sailors. Amazing.
Will You Simply Start?
What is that one thing you just aren’t doing? It is something with your kids, your spouse or your faith? Do you know that God doesn’t care about why you haven’t started yet, He would just love it if you would.
You might wonder why I bothered to wash the windows in the first place. I mean, what broke the two years of procrastinating? It’s because my daughter is getting married in two weeks and they might do their wedding pictures in our home. You can’t have dirty windows for that.
We often need a spark to set things in motion. A catalyst of some sort to get us moving. It needn’t be a life-threatening storm it could be a wedding! Or it could be something as simple as a blog about window washing and the promise of a far better view on the other side of starting.
Why don’t you pick one thing today, and do it.
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Associate Pastor – Southland Church
Thom has worked with children and youth for 18 years. He and his wife, Tara, have 7 kids; 4 boys, and two daughters and a SON-IN-LAW(!). The kids are spread across 23 years too so that gives him plenty of experimental material to write about! They have welcomed 31 foster children into their home over the past number of years.