Somewhere in the middle of my homeschooling experience, I made the mistake of measuring what activities we would or wouldn't do by the mess involved. I had lost the spontaneous joy of having fun on a child's level and saw those messy learning times as one big chore. Perhaps I lost the joy because I was so tired physically or maybe because I was lazy. Either case, I deprived my children of many enjoyable experiences simply because I didn't want to make a mess.

Keeping our lives neat and orderly is a good thing, but we must also be willing to get our hands dirty. Jesus was willing to grab the towel that washed the feet of His disciples. He also touched and healed the sick and the diseased in body, as well as the sinful, dirty hearts of lost people. He was never afraid to get involved or be in the middle of a mess. Zaccheus, the Samaritan woman at the well, and the thankful leper must have been so grateful for the cleansing joy of His love. "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him" (John 13:14-16).

Father, forgive me for only wanting to serve You in the comfortable tasks that are nice and neat. Help me to remember You're strong enough to clean up any mess from life's dirty problems. Use me today to be a blessing to the hurting and helpless. In Jesus' name, Amen.