I am working part time as a nanny while I raise my support, and one of my responsibilities is to clean my employer’s house once a week. I have worked for them for more than two and a half years and from the beginning, they provided an old straw broom for me to sweep with that has progressively gotten worse each time I used it. It got to the point that more straw was falling off the broom than was left to sweep up the dirt. I have HATED this broom since I started working there. Every time I used this broom, my attitude would worsen…I don’t really enjoy cleaning the house in the first place, so when the tools I was given were less than stellar, I allowed it to affect my outlook.
Well, last week, I finally asked my boss if I could pick out a NEW broom since I felt the old one had sufficiently fulfilled it’s purpose. I went to the store, tried out a few brooms, and chose the perfect one. I could hardly wait until the following Monday to try out my new, cleaning treasure! The day finally arrived, and I grabbed the broom from the closet. I relished the smooth way it swept up all the dirt, kitty litter, and little bits of food. I was nearly giddy with delight that I no longer had to use that disintegrating broom. As I moved from room to room, sweeping all the way, I allowed my mind to wander. As it wandered, it pondered. And do you know what I realized? I realized that I had fallen into some of my old habits, without even meaning to. I saw in my heart it’s old tendencies to allow my joy to directly correspond to my circumstances. This is something that I have had to fight for a very, very long time. Through something as insignificant as a new broom, I allowed an old, familiar sin to take root again.
Crazy how quickly sin can infiltrate our hearts, isn’t it? Proverbs 4:23 tells us this: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” I’m so thankful for the little reminders from God that He is my joy, strength, and hope! Now every time I use a broom…any broom…I am reminded to give thanks in all circumstances, because my joy does not spring out of my current circumstances, but it flows from Christ!