Last week I wrote a blog post about the issue we have with dust in this house after months of Trade Winds blowing through, and how I'd spent a day removing as much as I could from the bedroom.
The comments readers left for me were really interesting because they highlight how very differently we all think about dust invasions within our various domestic surroundings.
Some people approach dust the same as me, others find it rather nice and comforting to have around, and a few more consider it a non-important issue on their cleaning radar.
I loved hearing all the different views because it reminded me that there is no right or wrong way to handle dust in a home. My approach is okay with me because it's uniquely mine, just as yours is okay with you because it is uniquely you. Simple, huh?
Today's Scripture is a reminder to myself, and perhaps you too, that when it comes to keeping house I am to attend to my own matters and not be looking up or down at how others keep their homes.
It's like the plank in my eye. (Luke 6:42)
I can squint over it to see the splinter in my friend's eye, but I won't see much because that thick plank is blocking out most of my view. What I should be doing is identifying the plank and removing it completely so my view is no longer distorted. And of course, once I do that, you can guarantee my heart will have changed and the problem I thought existed with my friend has now evaporated.
"Attend to your own affairs"...look with your eyes at your home, at your life, at your situation.
Are you happy with your dust bunnies? Good on you. Don't feel guilty about enjoying their company.
Does a pile of magazines on the coffee table make you happy? Brew the kettle and kick back with a cuppa and slowly read through the one on top.
Do you see no reason to keep the ironing basket empty on a daily/weekly basis? Hon, if that works for your family you don't have a problem at all!
These are simple examples of how we can each think differently about what is important or un-important in our day to day homemaking. Neither extreme is right or wrong. They're just different.
I'm glad my friends are different to me. No matter who's home I visit, the loving fragrance of 'welcome' is what greets me at the door and stays in my thoughts after I leave. If I cast eyes of judgement or envy over their home and it's appearance then I've totally lost the gift of spending time with those precious women who invited me inside.
Be yourself and true friends will love you; love your friends for being true to themselves.
Look at the heart, not the house.
Offer your friendship and not your criticism.
"...aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands..."
I may have to stitch this and keep it in a prominent place because it's a verse to hold close and be reminded of often.