The Sink and Dirty Dishes

I have not written for a while. I think no excuse is good enough. I will simply shut up and jump right in.

I was up late last night watching a chef put finishing touches for a cake that would be delivered the next morning. The final result was beautiful to say the least. I looked at the sink ladden with a whole truck load of dirty dishes and cutlery and reasoned that I could sleep on it and get up early to clean up. I was so tired I rationalised; I even had a slight headache; Surely, I could be allowed to sleep and let the mess take care of itself. After all; my sink is my bussiness I said to myself.

Walking away is what I did several times; but kept being drawn to the unsightly mess littering the dirty sink. I decided to wash only the cups and glasses. In the morning; I would have only the baking equipment and afew plates. Tackling the task in small bits enabled me to wash up not only the glasses and cups but everything else before bed time; which was around midnight that day.

Reflecting on one of the reasons that I had actually stayed up so late to carry out this mundane task that could easily have been done the next day, made me realise that the nagging of my mother as I was growing up had actually payed of. She hated leaving dinner plates unwashed at whatever time because she believed that they would attract coakroaches. As a result; we washed up the dinner plates and cutlery and pans in turns every day; irrespective of the time that dinner was served; which was usually late because we had to wait for dad to return. Mum still hates coakroaches and flies to this day. She canot stand them:)

This experience reminded me of a word in Proverbs 22:6 which encourages us to train up children in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Although this is a small example in the whole scheme of life; mums’ helpful nagging still rings in my ears in many areas today. It does not allow me to leave the sink disorganised at night. I would rather walk away from this task during the day:) For those raising children or younger adults in any capacity; give direction consitently. You may not see the results immediately; but it will pay off some day.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

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