Lessons I learned from the dish drainer

Jenny/ March 16, 2018/ Family Life


Yes, I know its a weird title, but bare with me for a moment!  I cleaned my dish drainer yesterday.  Now, I do this semi-frequently but every time I do it I’m struck at how dirty it is!  I mean, all I put in it are clean dishes; how does it get so gross?  As I scrubbed it yesterday a few things struck me as very applicable in my life.  So here goes:  lessons I learned from my dish drainer.


1.  First lesson I learned was that I should wash my drainer more frequently (like every day).  So, how does this apply to my life?  Well, I should examine my life everyday.  Am I allowing small build-ups of sin each day in my life?  Maybe a harsh word I said and never apologized for; maybe an angry thought I never repented of.  It might seem small, but just like my dishes look completely clean there has to be some small amounts of dirt still left for my drainer to get so yucky.  1 John 2:1 says “My little children I write to you that you sin not (get the dishes completely clean) but if you do sin you have an advocate with Jesus Christ the righteous (if you leave a few specks wash your drainer to get them off!).  Another verse says “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  So just like I should strive to get all dirt off of my dishes I should strive to maintain a holy life free from sin.  However, since I’m not perfect (at washing dishes or life) I should wash my drainer on a daily basis to keep it super clean and I should also come to my Father and ask forgiveness and repent of my sins on a daily basis to keep my life clean.


2.  The second lesson I learned was this:  While some of the gunk on  my drainer most likely came from food particles I left on there; some of it was also probably dust in the air and minerals in my water.  So how does this relate to our Christian walk?  Well, we have to live in this world and one thing we need to remember is that we should be very careful to not allow our lives to become polluted by the world.  James 1:27 says “we should keep ourselves unspotted (or polluted) from the world”.  How can we do that?  Well, a water filter would help reduce the minerals in my water and a filter on the things we view (TV, internet ect…), the things we listen to (songs, conversations ect…) and the thoughts we think would greatly reduce the spots on our life.  And if I were to cover my drainer with a towel it would keep the dust out.  Just like that, some things don’t need to come into our homes and our lives!


So there’s my thoughts for this week and what I learned from a lowly dish drainer!  What about you?  Have you learned applicable lessons in your life from unlikely subjects?

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Jenny is a homeschooling mom of 4 and wife to a wonderful husband. She enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors with her family. You can find her writing about Jesus, homeschooling, and life on her blog Our Inconvenient Family, and contributing regularly at Lifeschooling Conference.


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