01 April 2011

Clean Windows

“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine
when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is
revealed only if there is light within.” -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

So, how has your Spring Cleaning been going? With the weekend approaching, we have more time to tackle the tasks at hand and we can’t forget to clean our windows. Washing windows is one of those not-so-fun jobs that takes a lot of energy and may seem like a waste of time. However, if you’re anything like me, between the time I wake up each morning and the time I arrive at the office, I look out many windows and I surely don’t want anything to distort my view of the glory of God’s morning light. There is nothing like a beautiful sunrise, or the sun peeking out behind the clouds in the early morning, or the sparkle of sunlight on the ocean.

Whether we’re looking out a bedroom window, a car windshield or through a pair of sunglasses, we need to make sure our view is clear. It’s important to apply the same principles to the way we look at life. We don’t want the worldview to distort the way we look at people, relationships, material things, or even our faith.

Some of the dirt and smudges that affect our view of life include: anger, hurt, negative attitudes, jealousy, pride, fear, suspicion, disbelief, doubt, worry, mistrust... and the list goes on and on.  Our perspective is important and to assure that our worldview is aligned with our faith, we need to remember that God is the light of the world and in Him there is no darkness.

Here is a prayer that can help keep the windows of our heart clean:

Dear God, Just as you have brought light into the world through your Son, Jesus Christ, we want to remember that Your desire is for us to shine as a witness in this sinful world. Help us to be clean, without sin and perfect in your eyes. Thank you for your grace, love and peace. Amen.

It’s Friday, Let’s Sparkle... action required... Take time this weekend to clean some windows (maybe even clean a neighbor’s windshield), enjoy God’s creation (invite a friend along) and share the Good News (tell a stranger that Easter is coming soon)!

T.G.I.F. (Thank God I’m Forgiven) – Have a blessed weekend.
God’s Peace, Donna

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world,
so that all who put their trust in me will no longer
remain in the darkness” - John 12:46

Window Cleaning Tip:
Instead of harsh chemical sprays, get those windows and mirrors crystal clear with a simple solution of white vinegar, newspaper and a little elbow grease. You'll also save money and the hassle of needing to stock more cleaning supplies.  It's simple: mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.

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