|The view from my veranda on a clear day|
Today I had the day to myself. I talked to three people and probably said a total of 50 words. It was lovely!
I spent the morning cleaning my veranda, the one that runs the width of my apartment and is where I hang my laundry, watch the trains go by, and sit for quiet time sometimes. I scrubbed and scrubbed and may have even gotten a little sun.
As I finished up the last corner and turned to look at the results of my work, I had a thought. I enjoyed cleaning today. One of the reasons, besides the fact that I don't have to worry about dropping my clean clothes in the dirt, is I could SEE what I had accomplished. The results were obvious and fairly quick.
Ministry is very different. I often don't see what is being accomplished. What I think should be happening is often not happening, or at least in the time frame I think it should happen. The results are often very different from what I expected or thought I was working toward.
So, every once in a while it is nice to have a day where I can see what was accomplished. I feel successful.
Then God sits down with me for dinner and reminds me what true success is. I will keep having my days of obsessive cleaning, however, I think I will stick with God's idea of success.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength, with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.