We don’t realize how much we appreciate modern conveniences until we do not have them any longer. They are so simple yet they make our lives a little bit easier. We have been without a dryer for over a month. We have a washer and for that, I am grateful. My mom lives next door so it is not impossible to access a dryer (yes, I am most grateful for family). So it is not like we are suffering. It is just inconvenient. For everything except towels, we wash our clothes and hang them to dry. They are everywhere. We hang them on any surface that will hold them. When there is a big load, it is like walking through a museum of laundry. At least it smells good. We have learned towels don’t dry well indoors. They need breeze. And since we don’t have a line outside, they get taken to the dryer of a family member.
It isn’t really a big deal. But it sure feels like one when having to try and find a spot for the clothes to dry. It helps me, though. In some small way, my perspective is shifted and I am reminded just how privileged my life really is. I wonder if I need all the clothes I have. I wonder why I feel like it is such an inconvenience to dry my clothes. I also wonder if the part to fix the dryer will ever arrive.
I am grateful for inconveniences. It helps me to realize how much I have been given. It gives me an opportunity to see if I am being a good steward of the gifts from God. I am challenged to think beyond the normalcy of my day. Mostly, it helps me to live more grateful. With or without a dryer, I am grateful. What makes you live more grateful?
5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
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