Friday, June 5, 2020
The "Right" Way
Before every man there lies a wide and pleasant road that seems right but ends in death.
I have to admit it. I have my quirks. Some of them are corrective impulses such as having to close bureau or kitchen drawers, and cabinet doors if they are left ajar. Another pet peeve involves dishtowels. It better be exactly where I left it when I go to dry another pot or pan.
Other oddities are even more deliberate and pronounced. Especially, when it comes to how I hang up towels and sheets to dry in the fresh, breezy air. No electric dryer for these babies! My husband, Danny, and I aren't into the modern day affinity for silky sheets and fluffy-cloud towels. Give us the sensations our grandparents loved!
Add to this the order in which I arrange each of these items on the line, and the photo above could appear beside the definition of "quirky" in the dictionary.
I always hang the towels first as they, obviously, take the longest to dry, and pin them on the line so their tags won't show. Really? Afraid so! Next, are the pillow cases, unopened ends over the line. Then comes the fitted sheet followed by the flat sheet. Why? Because when I remove the dry bedding from the clothesline, the fitted sheet, which has to go on top of the mattress, is on top.
Oh, and let's not leave out my weird clothespin ritual! I have two sizes of wooden pins. God forbid I should use the little ones until I've pressed all the large pins into service. Sacrosanct!
So, there you have it. My "right" way to hang up the laundry.
But I must confess here that my way isn't the highway, the wide and pleasant road on which everyone else has to travel. For what is suitable to one person's needs or preferences surely isn't one-size-fits-all. If I had Danny hang up the sheets and towels, I'm sure he'd have an entirely different system of deployment.
We all have our little, or large, idiosyncrasies, don't we? As long as we acknowledge that they belong to us alone, and not attempt to foist our habits onto someone else, we can confidently go upon our merry way, minding our own business.
Yet, this also reminds us that as Christians, who would love nothing better than for those who don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior, to choose to turn to Him, there is nothing we can do forcibly to convince them that His Way is the road to life. Yes, we can love them, pray for them, invite them to attend church with us, but like leading the proverbial horse to water, we can't make them drink.
We know the wide and pleasant road they are on leads to death. May God open their eyes to His Truth before it's too late.
And we keep praying that the lost will be found.
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