A few months ago, The Washington Post put out a poll called, “Which appliances could you do without?” Included on the list, for example, were the microwave, the dishwasher, and the clothes dryer. About 40% said they could do without the dishwasher, but only 15% said they could do without the clothes dryer.
Well, this poll – and the fact that we are back in St. Petersburg, and are again without a few of these particular appliances – gave me an idea: what would it be like to do an “appliance fast”?
So, I am challenging all of the home-makers (women and men) to choose one week in February during which one of the commonly-used household appliances will stay OFF! Not only will this little exercise help with the power bill, but it can be a time for us to connect a little more with the millions of other men and women in the world who are living and raising families without the conveniences with which we’re blessed in the west.
Further, I wonder if forcing ourselves to re-discover how proficient each of us really is with our hands wouldn’t also be beneficial. Blessings such as an electric washer or microwave are very good things. But it might be good to remember that they are only gifts, and not absolute essentials for our existence.
So what will it be? The microwave? The dishwasher? Or something a little more challenging – say the dryer (may be an easier one to choose in warmer weather), or the washer? Maybe give your arms a little workout doing a few loads by hand in the tub!!!
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever ou face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-3
Love and blessings to you in Christ. Miki