Hidden Gunk: Bad in a Dishwasher and Me!

Tools to Remove One Type of Gunk

Hidden Gunk in a Dishwasher is GROSS!

I spied a bit of ushy gunk on the right inside corner of my dishwasher, below the door. Clorox and a used toothbrush in hand, I set to work.

I may be messy but I am not dirty! 😉

As I began scrubbing, slimy strips of something came forth – slimy particles of food, I hope, that had been trapped, and repeatedly doused with hot water and detergent.

Ugh. Disgusting and embarrassing! Maybe this is why recently I have had to rewash dishes so often?

The image made me think.

What slimy attitudes and thoughts are lurking in my heart and brain that must needs be expunged as thoroughly as the debris I just ferreted out from the hidden recesses of the dishwasher?

Now, I believe by God’s good grace, and unfathomable mercy, I am forgiven, my sins –a.k.a. trespasses, and debts. But I am a startled when a familiar peccadillo rears its slimy head – but I am not always as ashamed as I was when that gra-doo oozed out from the dishwasher’s crevice.

Gunk’s Just As Gross in Me!

So, this has been another graphic reminder that garbage can hide from my best intentions to let go of habits, hurts and hang-ups that work against my serenity and sobriety. Also, the impulse to listen to shame rather than Scripture is an unwise propensity. Nothing I have done – or failed to do — surprises the Lord, or backs Him off.

The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” ~ Jeremiah 31:3

Christ’s blood is more effective than my Clorox, and His Word scours better that any brush I own!

With Him, I can make that fearless moral inventory, once and whenever I discover spiritual garbage robbing me of my peace. (See Step 4 & Step 10)

I heard recently at a meeting:

 What’s eating you up right now? Get it Out! On paper—to God and with your sponsor!

Willingness and honesty are great cleansing tools! And God is a great Housekeeper, who reveals where gunk is hiding, and how to use those tools successfully to get at what I cannot easily see. ~ Psalm 139:23-24

How do you get rid of the gunk in your life?

What would you tell a new-comer, or a hurting heart who can’t let go of alcohol?

Once again, thank you for reading — I appreciate your time!

Love in Christ,

Sober and Grateful

P.S. Here’s a link to an early post — You might like My Problems are Like Buckets of Dirty Water

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