Not that it’s something we long for in life, but dust is inevitable and it can even be a good thing. How is that? Perspective. Perspective is powerful in helping you cope, be it major challenges like a checkbook that doesn’t have enough dollars, or a minor annoyance like dust on the furniture. Let’s just find three good things about dust right now. Can you think of anything?
1) Priorities. Dust shows you do what matters first. You are busy spending time with your kids or grandkids. To have happy, well adjusted children means sometimes you have to let the dust stay for a while longer so you can cuddle the baby, go to the park or zoo, play a board game, or watch “Frozen” for the seventeenth time.
2) Blessings. Dust shows how blessed you are to have a home and nice things for it to settle on. You collect your collectables and they collect dust. An abundance of dust means you are blessed abundantly, and probably need to take some of your dust collectors to the Goodwill.
3) Accomplishment. Dust gives a sense of purpose and accomplishment as you finally find time to wipe over it with a cloth and see the shiny clean surface you suspected was underneath.
I’ve heard grandmothers busy raising grandchildren say they are concerned they can’t keep up with housework or yardwork, including pulling weeds or dusting. This is a good time to remember, dust is the soil of the earth and when you invest in your grandchildren you are planting a crop into rich soil that will produce an abundant harvest in their future.
Next time you see dust, which is every day at my house, remember why it’s a good thing and how it can bring you a sense of blessing and purpose. Perspective can bring out the most positive and powerful purpose even in the mundane daily tasks, like dusting, or forgetting the dust to play a game or give a hug. Have a blessed day!
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to five children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in psychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate degree in Christian Ministry from Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.