Lessons from a Vacuum

It’s What’s On the Inside That Counts

I was reminded of a great truth recently when I picked up our vacuum at the repair shop.

The repair man said “Well, we got this old thing is in pretty good working order but don’t forget to clean your filters.” He continued, “You know, we do a good job making these machines look shiny and new on the outside but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. If you don’t take care of the filters you end up with a mess.”

We’ve had our vacuum for a long time and I hadn’t thought about the filters in years. Of course that was part of the problem. As I drove away from the shop, I thought of how I can be like our vacuum cleaner.  My outside can look okay, but when my inside is dusty with discouragement and clogged with my need to control, I’m a mess.

It’s only when I deep cleanse my core and ask my heavenly Father to fix my filter, that I work well. Thankfully, my repairman is a prayer away.