While I silently grumbled about having to clean these footprints from my white tile floor, I realized these marks, tracked in from the wintry outdoors, give me a reminder of my many reasons to be grateful.
Footprints on my floor are evidence I have someone else to come home to and share my life with. Muddy floors show my house is lived in and filled with friendship.
Dirty dishes to wash every day show I have enough food to eat, a filled pantry and refrigerator, a nearby grocery store and enough money to buy more when I need to.
Some crusty stuff on the stovetop records a history of delicious food prepared and shared around the dining room table, with people I value and love.
My basket of dirty laundry says I have enough clothing to keep me warm and the freedom to dress and express myself anyway I want.
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we will be content”
(1 Timothy 6:6-8).
The bathroom to scrub each week makes me especially thankful for indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, soap, and clean towels.
My life is sometimes messy. My floors go unmopped, and my to-do list is never done. My days get crazy-busy, and my schedule is complicated. My life is sometimes imperfect, but always perfectly amazing.
Today I am grateful for my busy, messy life and the people who are busy and messy with me.
What is your evidence of a life well-lived? How does God remind you to be grateful for your crazy, messy, and amazing home?