I am occasionally employed to assist a decorator. I’ve done all kinds of tasks.
I got a new task last night. I needed to clean wax and soot off of and inside the glass candle covers.
The boss told me they needed to be washed. To me, that meant soap and water. I tried but it didn’t seem to be working.
I called for advice and he told me to use hot water. The water wasn’t super hot so I added more.
It still seemed like there could be a better, more efficient way. I hit up Google. The method shown was to put a blow dryer on medium heat, melt the wax, wipe it, and then wipe again to remove the residue. I did it and it seemed to work.
At this point, though, I was tired. I had been up for fifteen hours that included packing a car, a four hour drive, unpacking car, unpacking a storage unit, repacking it, loading my car, rearranging another storage unit, unloading some stuff, loading more stuff, unpacking my car, going to church, then playing with this glass.
I’m an early riser and this wedding was early. I made an executive decision to go to bed and pray that I would have enough time to get them clean. .
I put the number of covers I needed in the sink. I added more water and soap and filled the sink as high as I could.
I woke up a little earlier than my alarm and got to work. I started out just using a wet paper towel. Maybe I just hoped it all soaked off and that was the end.
It wasn’t. While the wax seemed to come off easier, I still had to work at it.
I left the blow dryer alone. I had a long handled wooden spoon that I used the night before to get all the way inside.
I discovered that the best method to get some traction was using the spoon to loosen the wax and then wipe it away. I was still using a wet paper towel.
At some point, I discovered that the damp towel was working better. I eventually started using a dry paper towel.
While all of these methods seemed to work, each method didn’t work for me and my time constraints.
The Bible says we are many members with one body. 1 Corinthians 12:12. There are a lot of us but we are all part of the same thing as believers in Christ.
People have multiple children with pultiple personalities.
People have different ways of learning.
At the end of the day, all believers should be winning souls to Christ. People should be parenting their children. People should be learning.
But we don’t all do it the same way. We can’t all do it the same way. And that is clearly okay with God.
How do I know?
The Tower of Babel. Genesis 11:1-9. The people were speaking the same language and had one goal on one accord-to build a tower to heaven. God was like. Nah. What we not finna do is this. He gave them different languages and scattered them.
It is okay if people do things differently. It’s okay if it isn’t how you would do it. If they are doing what works for them, if it isn’t harming us, we should let them be. And maybe we should observe them to see if we can learn something.
Go be great. Someone’s counting on you.