Yes, you read that right. I found myself doing a prayer vacuum. It’s like a prayer walk… where you go around praying for the people that you will come into contact with during that day or in a particular location (ie. a school or daycare or hospital). Instead of walking, I chose to vacuum. Hey why not. I was trying to be productive.
The hardest part was to get moving. I looked around and saw no end of housework that needed to be done. That was depressing in and of itself. But I didn’t allow myself to get bogged down in the particulars. I picked something and got started. As we all know vacuuming is pretty mindless work. I needed to occupy my brain as well or I would still be stewing on the situation that I was powerless to change at the present moment. So I began to pray and vacuum. Let me tell you, I went all over my apartment (minus my kids’ bedroom because I was in no state of mind to tackle that can of worms. When I was done, my mind was clear, my heart was at peace, and my floors were clean. I couldn’t believe the effect it had on me.
The Choice is Yours
What do you do when those around you seem to be thriving and getting ahead in life? Meanwhile you are stuck in neutral or worse yet rolling backward on an incline and making no traction at all. I think we all experience these feelings from time to time. The trick is what do you do with them? Do you dwell on them and allow them to fester in your heart? Do you ignore them and shove them down below the surface? Have you tried giving them to the Lord?
I highly encourage you to give it a try. Whether it is vacuuming, dishes, laundry, or chauferring the family around town incorporate prayer into your daily activities and see if it doesn’t help with your attitude.