Fifteen minutes later it was done. It was that easy. That time I spent getting my kitchen cleaned up? A drop in the bucket in the big scheme of things. As I finished up, I realized what a wimp I was being about the whole thing. I started thinking about the things I could have been thankful for in that situation instead of whining. Things like having a dishwasher, food to cook, and pots and pans to use to make a hearty meal for two.
In the midst of those thoughts, these four words popped into my head: "Consider it pure joy..."
Those words were familiar, but I couldn't place them. I looked them up and it turns out they're from the book of James, chapter one, verses two through four. It says: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Now, let me say from the outset that I don't believe that facing a kitchen full of dishes is a real trial. I'm pretty sure James meant to refer to things far more difficult that that. But, I think there is a principle here that I need to remember when I face true challenges - to be joyful no matter what lies ahead. I think those words came to me in the midst of dirty dishes so that I would be reminded of them when I do face real trials.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, ok, thanks for the life lesson, but what about that free art print you mentioned in the title of the post!?
Well, because I want these words to stick in my head, I decided to make an art print that I can hang in a prominent place as a reminder to myself. And in case these words struck a chord with you like they did with me, I wanted to make it available for you to have as well!
I was having so much fun designing this print that I went ahead and made it in three bright, fun colors:
They're designed to be printed on letter-sized paper (8.5x11) and framed as an 8x10. If you'd like one, click on the color's link and you'll be taken to Dropbox, where you can download the file as a PDF. They're completely free (for personal use), but I have one condition...let me know if you downloaded it by commenting on this post! Enjoy!