Reality Check

Reality Check

While cleaning the house before company arrived for Easter break, I had quite a reality check.

Apparently, I had a grumpy look on my face because Jim asked me why I was giving him a dirty look.  I assured him I wasn’t. He quipped, “It seems like it.”  I then explained that it was probably the general countenance of my face at the moment, since I don’t like to clean.

I really don’t like to clean. To the point that I typically have someone come in to clean. However, we were talking grandchildren here, and I didn’t want to have to pay for two cleanings before and after. So, I opted to do the pre-clean myself, letting someone else do the post visit clean.

As I went about my vacuuming, with my grumpy face on, I got to thinking, “I’m doing something I don’t enjoy, what am I supposed to do, clean with a smile I my face?”  That’s when I had my reality check.

God said, “Yes.”  Not audibly mind you, but the thought crossed my mind loud and clear. It had to be God because I certainly wouldn’t have answered yes to my question!  My thoughts continued down that more positive path. You should be cleaning, with a smile on your face because (here it comes…) YOU HAVE A HOUSE TO CLEAN. If that doesn’t make you stop and take notice, nothing will.

It’s true. Shelter is one of the most basic needs, along with food and clothing. An alleged White House report in 2021 stated that “The number of homeless in the US is estimated at 552,830.” While a Yale University report, updated in 2020 states, “Based on national reports, it’s estimated that no less than 150 million people, or about 2 percent of the world’s population, are homeless. However, about 1.6 billion, more than 20 percent of the world’s population, may lack adequate housing.”

If you have a dwelling place, you are blessed. It doesn’t matter if you own, rent, or stay with someone, you have shelter and that is something to smile about, even when you have to clean it. When we stop to think about the reality of our situation, many of us will realize, we need to adjust our perspective.

Is there something you may need to look at differently? Don’t wait. It’s time for that reality check.


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Stasha, S. (2021, February 27). The State of Homelessness in the US – 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021, from