My name is Dan and when it comes to washing up I am a legalist!
Because I wash up most of the cutlery and crockery, but leave the pans ‘to soak’!
When I picked up Tim Chester’s new book The Everyday Gospel I wasn’t expecting some pointed analysis of my washing up habits, but that’s what I got. Not only that, I also got a good dose of how to apply the gospel to this area of life to help me find joy as I go about this daily task.
In this short book (under 50 pages), Chester shows how washing the dishes is a God-like activity as it is a way to both bring order to chaos and to serve others. He then shows how washing the dishes can bring out the worst in us, either through it becoming an obsession or by doing the minimum we can get away with and in some instances developing a martyr complex about it.
There also times when you should not wash up and the chapter in the middle of the book succinctly sums up these occasions before we get to my favourite part, where he shows how there are all sorts of things to be learnt about God as we stand at the kitchen sink, including what the remnants of the meal you are wiping from the plate teaches you.
Finally he explains how “Your kitchen sink can be a holy place if you offer up your washing of the dishes to God as a sacrifice of praise, sharing his delight in creation and serving others in love.” And this brings me to the brilliance of this little book. By showing us how this can be true for one area of life, washing up, we are given a template that we can apply to all areas of life.
The Everyday Gospel available to buy HERE.
Thank you 10ofthose for providing a free copy of this book.