Bed-Making 2.0: Putting Things Away

Our bed -- made every morning -- thanks to Kit

Our bed — made every morning — thanks to Kit

Good Day, God!

Ash Wednesday — Lent — and my response is? For years, God, I left Lent in Kit’s hands. Actually, I left making our bed in Kit’s hands, too.

That’s a confession. I’m not like Kit, God. Kit has the gift of Discipline. And he has long held that a day that begins with making the bed is a Good Day.

I’ve finally come to understand and agree, and now I want to take it to the next step. The point of bed-making is that we willingly do what we know will be undone. We put things away that we know we will get out again tomorrow — or maybe even this afternoon. We clear the decks. We put things AWAY!

My bathroom counter -- with 12 items removed and put away.

My bathroom counter — with 12 items removed and put away.

This has not been me, God. But, this Lent it is going to become me! I am going to put things away, right away! (Oops! I’m off to put a few things away! There! That’s better!)

What got me started was realizing that I was projecting my “faults” onto Kit. I want him to push in drawers and close cupboard doors. All the while, I am leaving my stuff strewn all over my bathroom counter, dresser, etc. Sigh. So, this Lent I am Giving Up Leaving Things OUT! Since it is Day One, I am off to a good start! Please notice my beautiful bathroom counter, God!

And, Yes, there is a deeper Spiritual Lesson here, God. Away can mean putting away, giving away and throwing away. I sense I am being called to do more giving (money, heart & time) and also more tossing (regrets, guilt and judgments). Let’s GO, God!

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