Me (second up stairs on left) with the window washing crew!
Imagine washing the windows on a 4-story beach house . . . and liking it! Well that’s what I did with a group of friends at Emerald Isle, NC, this past weekend, as we enjoyed some fun and relaxing times at the coast.
A friend’s relatives own the house and allow us to vacation there, so we decided a while back to wash the windows in order to help them out before they open the house for rental season. This weekend marked our second endeavor to wash the windows, and I observed some Biblical principles play out as we sprayed, wiped, and shined that glass.
It amazed me to watch all 10 of us spring into action on Friday morning. I soon realized that everyone brought different gifts to the task at hand. One friend embraced a leadership role and cast a vision as to how we should tackle the project. Everyone else jumped into the execution of the plan. Another friend realized the best technique for washing the windows, hosing off the outside of salt and silt before the rest of us came along to clean behind her. She also researched and brought her own personally created window washing solution in a spray bottle. Other friends had brought Windex and paper towels, squeegees and microfiber cloths. Everyone worked hard.
It reminded me of the scriptures that emphasize how the church consists of many different people, and how each person is important and plays a vital role (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12). God does great things when He brings diverse people together to accomplish His purposes.
While I was washing some interior windows, a friend came alongside me and suggested a better way to wash them: after the paper towel gets wet from wiping a window pane initially, set it aside and get another dry paper towel to finish the window. Then, use the partially wet paper towel to start cleaning the next sprayed window. That system worked great, and those windows sparkled (if I must say so myself)! I learned an entirely new way to wash windows, and I have used it already in cleaning my bathroom mirrors!
When you get a group of people together, you have the blessing of a variety of skills and experiences available to help others. The same principle applies at church. We can tap into and learn from the treasuries found in others. That’s why the Bible says that wise counselors bring success and victory (Proverbs 15:22; 24:6). We can learn a great deal from others if we allow ourselves to do so.
In the midst of all the window scrubbing inside and outside, I heard phrases like, “Great job!” “Wow! These windows are sparkling!” “Thanks for suggesting we do it this way!” “I’m so glad you brought that stuff. It is really helping with the cleaning!” “Everyone is working so hard!”
We were urging one another along and supporting one another. It made the entire project go quickly. It was fun to chat with one another while cleaning the windows and to remind one another of the progress we were making. Three of us tackled a particularly difficult door covered with mildew. We experienced an extra sense of accomplishment once that door was shining and clean.
We are told to, “encourage one another and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NASB). The Lord knows we need one another for life’s “projects,” and that’s why He urges us to never stop assembling with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). We get energized and edified when placed alongside others to be part of what God is doing.
We all celebrated when we finished washing those windows. If one of us had tried to do the entire job, it would have been a lengthy, grueling project. As it turned out, we were amazed at how quickly we finished. The windows looked clean and clear, and we could enjoy beautiful vistas through them. Most of all, we got to help some people who had been very kind to us while accomplishing a great task.
As God’s people, we can do the same thing. We can look for His activity all around us, join Him in it as He leads us, and accomplish great things that not only bless others but also make Him glad. And that is something worth celebrating!
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The house with clean windows! State of Mind at Spinnaker’s Reach.