Day 10: Thankful for the Mess Cleaners

Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It’s a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. You can find the the days you’ve missed here and any printables here, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family’s life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It’s going to be a great month.

A Thankful Heart

When your mom or dad asks you to clean your room, what's the first thing you do? Do you joyfully jump up to get the job done or do you moan and groan about how you have to clean up your room? Do you enjoy cleaning up after yourself and other people?

Every day, though, we make messes that other people clean up. Whether it's our mom who picks up around the house, the janitor at school, or the volunteer at church who makes sure everything is clean and ready for Sunday, there are people all through our day who make sure we don't have to live in a mess.

Do you ever think about those people? A lot of times the people who clean and organize a space like your school, the grocery store, or your church are invisible. We never see them because they clean when we're not around. Yet every day we enjoy the benefits of their work.

Imagine what your school, your house, or a store would look like if no one ever cleaned it. It would be full of dirt, trash and germs. The people who clean up your messes are helping to keep you safe and healthy. They make your life easier because you don't have to clean every space you enter.

And these people do their jobs without being recognized. Most of us never give a second thought to the fact that the spaces we enter are clean and someone has to clean them. We might notice if they're dirty, but when was the last time you walked into a store or a hospital and exclaimed, "Wow, look at how clean this is."

It takes a lot of humility and a willingness to work for no recognition to do the dirty job of cleaning up after other people. And you know who had the biggest mess to clean up? God. When Adam and Eve sinned, they made a mess of this world. It took Jesus coming and dying to clean up the mess. The Bible even talks about how God was doing a clean-up job. Psalm 51:7 says, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." Sin makes us dirty, but Jesus makes us clean again.

As you go places today, look around at the work the invisible mess cleaners do. Take note of the fact that you go to school in a clean building and your grocery store isn't covered with dirt. Take a minute to thank God for the people who do the dirty work of cleaning up the messes of others.


Action step: Find out who cleans your school or your church. Take them a small gift -- a gift card for coffee or a plate of cookies -- and write them a note telling them how much you appreciate what they do.