Clean your windows Matthew 5:8

A late cancellation gave me the chance to do housework I don’t usually have time for. One thing led to another and I ended up cleaning my windows. It was probably the first spring sunny day in the year and as I enjoyed the work of my hands I became aware if how dirty they were. In my defence I will to say that isn’t easy to keep basement windos clean (yes, I live in a basement).

I believe when God has something to say, he uses even windows to deliver his message. «Happy are those whose heart is pure, for they shall see God» (Mathew 5:8). My windows didn’t get dirty from one day to the other, it was a process and I allowed that to happen. Bringing the analogy to the spiritual field, I’ve missed the ability to see God’s light the way I used to. Some time ago, I was able to aknowledge God’s signature in my life easier than now. I tend to look for rational explanations, almost ignoring God’s hand in the issue. It was time to clean the windows of my heart. In the same way I can’t avoid the rain and dirt, I can’t help the harships of this life.  I’m not responsable for them, but I’m responsable to keep my heart clean inspite of the external circumstances. My job is coming to God’s word dialy so my heart shall be pure and experience true happynes by seeing God.

Purity is necesary to see God, and the result of these two is happynes. Happines is not finding human solutions to human problems, that is for those who refuse to believe in Christ. Happines is seeing God in the sunlight or the rain, taking care of insignificant details or at the crossroads of life.

When was the last time you saw God? (Charles Surgeon, A passion for Holyness)

Miss grumpy in the family of God

I’ve realized that lately small things upset me more and faster than before. A crying baby, a group of loud teenagers, indecided people, unstructured people, inflexible people, myself… sometimes I observe moms trying unsuccessfully to take control over their kids, or not trying at all, and think «my mom would have never allowed such a behaviour» or «in her shoes I would do this and that»… all of that followed by a «you couldn’t even handle your French Poodle…»

Here is the thing, in my own little world everything is about myself. And even when I’ve given the first place in my life to Christ, I still tend to «borrow» the control. In this parallel universe of singles we are not challenged to think about others needs in the same intensity as parents are. You’ll never hear of a single who hasn’t found the time to go to the toilet in a whole day. We don’t need to develop those kind of super powers. In the universe of singles results are sure (sort of), planning is easier and surprises are fewer; everything depends on you!! (sort of). And please don’t take wrong, I’m not saying that singleness is easy, we just face different situations, and wether you’re single or married, single parent or grandparent, God is at work in you. I’m just trying to put myself into someone else’s shoes.

This is the what if part. What if God created family so we can learn to love unconditionaly?, what if God created family so we learn to deal with people differnt from us?, what if God created family to teach us that life is not only about us? And, what if God created family to mold us into his image and make us holy? Marriage and parenting are constant reminders that we are not perfect, there’s someone always watching (in a non creapy way), and that we belong to someone. Singles don’t have that input naturally, we need to make a conscious effort to remember that we are not perfect, we are rolemodels for the younger generations and that we belong to a bigger family, God’s family.

What if we, long term and temporary singles, adopt a family and bless them with a unconditional love and friendship? Allow in your inner circle people different from you, pleople with kids, for example. #adoptafamily #adoptapensioner #adoptasingle

For more about this topic see «Let diversity in» (listen to me CEOs, I’m a language teacher category)