Thank God for My Dirty Floor

A friend told me of sitting with his father discussing the distribution of his “worldly goods,” when the time came to do so. “My dad had very little joy in his life,” Mike explained. “As we sat there discussing who was going to get what when he died, I saw a pride in him I had never noticed before. ‘I did all this,’ he said as he waved his hand around the room like Vanna White. ‘I worked hard and earned it all.’”

“In his mind, he had earned it; he had done it all. Never once did he give thanks to God for all his blessings or acknowledge God’s goodness. There was no gratitude, no thanksgiving, and certainly no joy. His things had become shiny shackles that kept joy at bay all his life. His things. How sad.”

As Mike told me the story, I thought of Henry War Beecher’s words: “Pride slays thanksgiving…a proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.” Eyes shut tight to God’s glory.

I am reminded of an old saying that stirs and stings: “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Always enough. Jesus thanked God for the two loaves and five fish…and there was more than enough to go around (John 6:1-13).

Gratitude can change your perspective on the simplest of mundane tasks and transform them into moments of sudden glory. One day I was mopping the kitchen floor and my mood was anything but grateful. I grumbled with each push of the mop. Complained with each dip in the bucket.

Here I am mopping this floor again and no one even appreciates it. I feel like this housework is never finished. Clean today. Dirty tomorrow. Why do I even bother?

Then right in the middle of the kitchen, God showed up.

Actually, He was there all along, but my grumbling blinded the eyes of my heart to recognize His presence.

New thoughts began to emerge as I pushed the mop across the linoleum floor. I believe God put them there.

Suppose you were blind and you couldn’t see the beautiful patterns on the linoleum floor or the spilled juice by the refrigerator door. Suppose you were deaf and you couldn’t hear the soothing sound of the soap bubbles dissolving in the scrub bucket or the rhythmic sound of the mop being pushed back and forth across the floor’s hard surface. Suppose you were in a wheelchair and you weren’t strong enough to stand upright and grasp the wooden handle in your nimble hands to erase the muddy footprints and make the floor shiny and clean again. Suppose you didn’t have a home or a family to clean up after.

Suddenly, my grumbling turned into a song of praise and gratitude. “Thank You, Lord, for the privilege of mopping this dirty floor. Thank You for the health and strength to hold this mop in my strong hands and to wrap my agile fingers around its handle. Thank You for the sight to see the crumbs, the dirt, and the spilled juice. Thank You for the sense of smell to enjoy the clean fresh scent of the soap in my bucket. Thank You for the many precious feet that will walk through this room and dirty it all up again. And Lord, thank You for the privilege of having a floor to mop and a family to clean up after.

Lord, the words of Romans one strike me to the core. May I never forget to give thanks to You. Everything I have is because of Your grace in my life. Forgive me when I complain. Forgive me when I am discontent. Thank You for Your many blessings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Leave a comment and tell me one thing you’re thankful for today.

Do you long for something more in your relationship with God? Do you have a “glory ache” – a hunger to experience God’s presence on a daily basis? The good news is that God wants that even more than you do. Right smack dab in the spin of the laundry and the sizzle of the bacon – as you live and move and have your being in Him. This summer, take some time to “be still and know”—to hear His still small voice – to dust for His fingerprints on the pages of your everyday life. My book, A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More will show you how. It also includes a study guide and free online Bible study videos.

Congratulations to M.P. Gongalez for winning the free copy of A Sudden Glory from last week’s post!

 

 

49 Responses to Thank God for My Dirty Floor

  1. Kathy October 23, 2018 at 4:24 am #

    Thank you go that reminder instead of grumbling be grateful as I was doing just that as I was cleaning mud from my sons boots all over the floor. I will definitely change my mindset and be grateful that I am capable physically to clean it up.
    Thanks again

  2. Barbara October 23, 2018 at 4:35 am #

    My husband

  3. Cheryl Czarnecki October 23, 2018 at 5:58 am #

    You will not see me circling a parking lot to get a closer spot. As my dear (and blind) Granny would say, we are thankful for being able to walk the distance. What a bonus if it was a beautiful day, too.

  4. Jennifer R October 23, 2018 at 6:16 am #

    I’m thankful that I clean up empty coke cans and water bottles and not empty beer cans or wine bottles!! I used to complain about cleaning them up but my husband pointed out to be thankful they had coke and water in them and not beer and wine!! I never have complained again!!

  5. Lillie Phillips October 23, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Wow Sharon! This topic hit home for sure for me! I am blessed to have a family. I was not suppose to have children and I have 2! God is Awesome! I am going to print this article and put up at work and on my refrigerator. If it wasn’t for our dear God and his Amazing Grace, we would t have anything! Thank you God for all you have done and all you have given me!

  6. Diane October 23, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    I’m grateful for YOU Sharon Jaynes! I love how you love The Lord and how your devotionals and books help me to “ see it like it is “! God bless you 😇🙏💞

  7. Camelia October 23, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    I’m truly thankful for God’s forgiveness, long-suffering, mercy, grace, thoughts towards me, goodness and His unconditional love for me everyday!

  8. Cheryl October 23, 2018 at 6:59 am #

    Definitely thankful for my health that I’m able to work every day. I clean houses for a living and this was a great devotion for me. So thankful to be able to do this.

  9. Anna marie Lottman October 23, 2018 at 7:27 am #

    This happened to me yesterday, thank you for your encouraging words . When i feel like complaining i will think back at this. Thank you Jesus for your mercy & grace .

  10. Julie Start October 23, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    What a great reminder to be thankful for what we take for granted each day. I am grateful for my scars from a double mastectomy and an abdominal tram flap reconstruction. I am a 21 years breast cancer survivor. Praise the Lord! The scars also remind me of the scars Jesus had when he was beaten and hung on the old rugged cross! Thanks for your ministry. You’re a blessing to many. Yes, I’m the one from Fuquay-Varina, NC.

  11. Stacia Kilburg October 23, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    I am thankful that my daughter and grandson moved in with us. It’s a very difficult situation, but trusting God with manna for each day!

  12. Yvonne October 23, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    Yes, Sharon thank you so much for this devotion this morning. Wow to appreciate all that God has given us is so important . Like you said thanking God for your senses to do things. Thanking God for a home and a family. So I pray that today at least I will keep in mind that things don’t have to be as good as they are. Thank you Sharon and of course Thank you Lord!

  13. Jennifer Bonner October 23, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    Thank you for this today. I actually am the custodian for our church and our church hosts our community soup kitchen every Tuesday. So after every Tuesday, I am responsible for… mopping the gym, by regular mop and bucket. And this just hit the nail on the head because sometimes it’s hard to do it but it’s more than mopping a floor, it’s serving Him and His people. Thank you again.

  14. Lydia Bauer October 23, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    I am thankful for having the freedom to praise God.

  15. Murrell Wilhelm October 23, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    Thankful for our family

  16. Lauren Hunt October 23, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Friday, October 26 marks the one year anniversary of my sweet mother’s Homegoing to her Heavenly Father after a long battle with dementia/alzheimers. While memories this week bring sadness that she is no longer here, I am thankful for the ways that God is gently reminding me of His presence during this time a year ago. He truly was my peace and strength as I received the call to “come now” from the hospice nurse and traveled the 5 hours alone. He opened up the interstate as I drove through rush hour traffic, a kind server at McDonalds ordering a pumpkin spice latte, prayers offered on my family’s behalf by many people including an unexpected phone call from someone who had no idea what was going on. The seven years were long and hard, but my mother remained sweet. I am so thankful that she introduced me to Jesus.

  17. Mary Stephenson October 23, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    THANK you, O Lord, for waking me up and giving me another day.

  18. Jennifer Hendershot October 23, 2018 at 9:31 am #

    I’m thankful today for emails that come from Girlfriends In God – your words speak right to my heart just when I need to hear them. I will never mop my kitchen floors again without thinking about this message.

  19. Judy Janes October 23, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    I thank God for your words,the ability He has gifted to me to read them, and His grace that gives them meaning to my heart. Thank you for listening to His calling.

  20. Francis October 23, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    Thank you LORD for giving me sight to read this, the mind to understand and the put concentrate on it, the strength to scroll through it, the bundles to browse, the ability to understand and behold the beauty of the message. Thank you LORD.

  21. Janice Cottrell October 23, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    At 60 yrs. Old So many of my friends are on disability. I remind myself that the hard work I am able to do at my job is a blessing. Thankful that I am still strong and healthy

  22. Susan October 23, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    I needed to hear this today . Lord help me not to complain but to give thanks to you everyday for all things . We are very blessed & sometimes I take it for granted ..

  23. Becky Weiss October 23, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    Thank you for your timely reminder. I work for The Salvation Army and we just completed our WM Retreat in Oregon. I had several women mention you as we were reminiscing about past speakers at our retreat. Thank you for investing in the lives of women everywhere.

  24. Bonnie Wake October 23, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you, Sharon, for reminding us what we need to focus on…..our blessings are at the top of that list! “In all things, give thanks!” ❤️

  25. Yvonne Munyan October 23, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    I am thankful to God for life, when I was growing up there were 7 of us in the house including my parents and siblings…..now there’s just the 2 of us, myself and my brother. So I am ever so grateful just to be alive one more day to Thank God and do His will!

  26. Betsy Mincey October 23, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    I thank God, every day, for my good health. A survivor of cancer for 28 years, by gods grace

  27. Patti October 23, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    Thank you Lord for my washer and dryer in my home to do all the laundering that it does!

  28. Carol Peters October 23, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    I’m grateful for the new day to serve God and for family and creation, etc

  29. Melissa Henderson October 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Amen. Turning all my complaints into gratitude. 🙂 I am thankful for dishes to wash because that means we have food. I am thankful for the cool and crisp autumn air because that means we have a new season approaching. God provides blessings in each moment. 🙂

  30. Bridget October 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Thank you for this, Sharon! I am reminded about the grumbling I do and not receiving the appreciation I want… what about what God wants? He wants His name to be praised, He wants gratitude for His faithfulness and goodness, He wants His child to be blessed and not withhold those blessings because of my inconsiderate thoughts. Thank you again for this timely message; I will sing of His praises!!!

  31. Terri Medders October 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    I am thankful for God’s grace and blessings on my life and for my beautiful family whom I love!❤️

  32. Becky Johnson October 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    I have kept a gratitude journal, listing 5 things daily, for 21 years. This simple act has truly changed my life. And yesterday, I added Sharon Jaynes’ Enough.

  33. Linda Crubaugh October 23, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

    I’m thankful that the Lord saved me. Thankful for my Bible ( which I often take for granted) Thankful for my wonderful church family and our sweet pastor.

  34. Sharon D October 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

    Thank you for this timely devotion today as I am in the process of washing my dirty kitchen floor which is my most hated job. It has changed my perspective!

  35. Michelle Orr October 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m grateful for a husband that treats me well and loves me.

  36. Samantha October 23, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    Thankful for Hurricane Michael that forced us to live in tight quarters for two weeks…it was an inconvenience but to tell the truth I loved being that close. Makes you realize what’s really important.

  37. Denise Varga October 24, 2018 at 5:39 am #

    Peace

  38. Kristen October 24, 2018 at 5:49 am #

    This morning I wake up thankful for the stars I can see in the country sky. For our warm home in cool temperatures. For a clean and safe house, healthy food, a loving husband and healthy daughter. For God’s grace and new mercies again today!

  39. christi Clarke October 24, 2018 at 9:30 am #

    I am thankful for a beautiful home to clean. Two years ago we lost our home and every possession we had in a fire which was later deemed arson. (The police did find the culprits.) God provided so beautifully through the whole situation. He replaced our home and more than enough possessions – now as I dust and vacuum – I see gifts from friends and God’s provision everywhere I look. Through the horrible situation, we met many new friends and saw more blessings than we could have ever imagined.

  40. Shirley October 24, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Your teaching today reminds me of something I try to think about when I feel discontentment over a mundane, seemingly thankless task. Not I have to but I get to. It changes my perspective from a burden to a privilege or blessing. Doing a sinkful of dirty dishes reminds me that we have food to put on the table. Running errands reminds me that I have a reliable car to take me from place to place. Doing the laundry reminds me that we have clean clothes and plenty of them. We enjoy so many things that others do not have. Gratitude does turn what we have into enough. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Sharon Jaynes October 27, 2018 at 11:40 am #

      Love it Shirley.

  41. Kathy October 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

    I just finished wiping down kitchen cabinets, doors and baseboards. I’m thankful for Mr. Clean magicerasers that make this job so much easier.

  42. Ilona Somers October 26, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

    I am so thankful for Gods traveling mercies. He takes care of every detail.

  43. Jeanette October 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    I am thankful for the good people in my life who have helped me through this illness.

  44. Karen Hernandez October 29, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    I am thankful for the dirty dishes in my sink, I know that my family is well fed.
    I am thankful that I woke up this morning, 2 years ago that was not on my horizon.

  45. Cassandra October 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

    I am so thankful for the house I moved it. I complained of things it needs, new blinds, pressure washing, etc. But I thank you God that I have a roof over my head.

  46. Jolinda November 2, 2018 at 5:38 am #

    I am thankful for the basket full of dirty clothes to wash.

  47. Debbie November 4, 2018 at 2:30 am #

    Thankful for the spirit of God that in dwells inside me! Rescued me from the pit that I was in for a year! Thank you dear Jesus !

  48. Sue Tomasko November 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    On All Saints’ Sunday today, we saw photos of the saints from our church who have died up on the screen. One of those people was my mother. She died on May 14 of this year. As I saw her joy-filled face, it reminded me of who she was, and what she meant to us and everyone she met. I’m so very grateful for the woman my mother was – to me, yes, but also to so many more. She brought joy and laughter into a room when she spoke, she gave confidence and courage to those who were struggling, and she sang like an angel until just a few years ago. When she died, she was 98, and the morning of her death, she prayed with an aide and asked the Lord to take her home. “I’ve done all you asked me to do, Lord. Please take me home.” The Lord was prompt, and took her that night after dinner.
    Regardless of how often I stopped to see her, or what she felt like physically, she always had an upbeat word for me, a hug, and a kiss.
    I’m not sure how to really show the Lord how grateful I am for her (and my father). She raised me to respect others, love God, and go at life with gusto! What a wonderful gift!

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