Friday, October 18, 2013

FMF: Laundry

After I get back from a run, my clothes are usually drenched with sweat (I'm sure you wanted to know this).  And so I kind of hang them on the linen closet doorknob or spread them out a little on the floor instead of putting them in the basket because, well, ewww.

But then, I notice if my clothes are there, even if it's for a legitimate reason, certain other people who also share said laundry basket starts leaving his clothes outside the hamper, too.

Pretty soon, there's a half-filled basket and a large pile of clothes outside of it that makes it impossible to close the closet door.

It's all hanging out.

And perhaps, it might not be a bad thing in the metaphorical sense.

So often, we try to stuff our dirty stuff in the closet so no one will be able to see it (or smell it).  When it's time, we take it out, try to sort through it, wash it, dry it, iron out the creases so we look and feel presentable again.

But, sometimes, we still don't want people to know that our clothes were dirty.

But what if allowing people to see brought God glory?
What if letting it hang out gave you more freedom than you thought was possible?
What if not stuffing it in the closet or appearing perfectly organized and happy BUT BEING FULLY REAL, changed somebody's life?

What if?

Maybe laundry isn't so trivial.

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

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  1. I love this comparison, Jen. Hiding our dirty "laundry" is no way to really get and feel clean. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing. =)

  2. I have always appreciated the word picture of laundry and now, your take on it. We do hide the stinky, smelly parts of us from others. We present our "clean" fresh smelling selves to the world because we know that's acceptable. It's like the elephant in the room, we know that we are all keeping that part to ourselves. But what a blessing when we can be honest with each other about it.

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

  3. The times I am the 'realest' about God in my life is the time He speaks the loudest through me to other people. We are all touched by each other's story walks on this pathway with our Jesus. And when you're looking and listening for God to speak? Yeah, He'll show you something in the laundry. :-) Great word, my friend.


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