So there was the day I was walking through the kitchen and noticed that the dishwasher had not been emptied. My first thought? That’s not MY job. Didn’t I mow the lawn yesterday? I kept walking through the kitchen and suddenly stopped. “What did I just say?” This is how it goes when you talk with yourself, which may well be conversation in the Spirit with God.
Anyway after stopping and turned and looked at the dishwasher door partly open and noticed all those clean dishes inside and remembered that Jesus once told his disciples upon washing their feet, ‘as have done this for you, you are to serve others in the same way.’ I am not sure that Jesus literally meant to always wash each other’s feet, though it IS a beautiful act of love. He meant that we should serve one another with the same kind of love he had for us and what better place to practice that service than in the kitchen, cheerfully, thoughtfully, and with much gratitude that we have a dishwasher.
So I emptied it thinking ‘here I am actually practicing a spiritual discipline to draw closer to the character of Christ.’
Until now I told no one so my deed could be done in secret but now that the secret is out let it shine on a hill for you husbands who have walked on by those light and momentary chores in the Kitchen.
I call this ordinary grace because grace can become a normal part of the changed heart life of Christ. For Jesus, grace just happened.