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With windows sparkling, I stepped back to enjoy the view of the valley. The doorbell rang and I hurried to answer it. After signing for the package, I headed back to the dining room to put away the supplies I had been using. My two year old kept repeating, “I help Mommy, I help Mommy.”

Now had he been the first child, I might have been excited about this pronouncement. I might have thought, “Yes! He is learning to be a helper!” But he was the third child, and I have to admit that I was a little wary of what I might find. You see, he had a history of helping.

There were the pictures he had drawn for me. The only problem was that they were drawn directly on the wall.

Then there was the time he grabbed the large bottle of glue from right in front of me, pouring it on the floor. That was his attempt to help clean up after dinner.

Furniture Polish!

Now he stood, with a spray bottle in his hand, systematically spraying each window all the way around the room. Thinking that I would need to dry the windows again, I reached for the squeegee and towel. To my surprise, he wasn’t using the bottle that I had used, the one containing warm water. Instead, he had just sprayed the lower portion of each window with furniture polish! The satisfaction I felt a few minutes before over a job well done dissipated as I thought of the task that loomed ahead. Windows were bad enough without trying to get furniture polish off of them.

Then my thoughts were drawn to my attempts to help. Sometimes I am so sure I have a great ideas only to have them turn out like furniture polish on the windows.

Refreshing the warm water in the spray bottle, I handed it to that precious little one and asked him to help me some more. He sprayed, and I scrubbed. The task was quite a bit more difficult than it had been the first time, but we got it done.

Have you ever felt as though your attempts to reach others, to share God’s love are like using furniture polish on the windows? How do we in our imperfection show love? I am so thankful that we have a Heavenly Father who not only allows to help reach out to others, but is there to guide us when we let our humanness get in the way. I find encouragement in Paul’s word in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “’My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

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