MY HEART REGARDING CLEANING THE CHURCH,
Casey Bradshaw Hickman
"Cleaning the church started as a simple “love for God” job — cleaning as if the Lord Himself was going to come into the church or use the bathroom (“Do everything as if unto the Lord.”) God began opening my thoughts and my mind which led to the concept that He could use me to reach others for His Kingdom, doing His work. What if someone was coming into the church for the first time, sitting in this chair, or dropping their child off to any of our children’s classes, I considered. It would be important for these classrooms to be clean. If it was clean and smelled nice maybe that would be one less thing for them to worry about. And, how much more inviting is it to come to a place that is clean and neat? I imagine it might be easier for them to relax and feel more at home and comfortable, making it easier for them to hear what God has for them and maybe even allowing them to make some new connections and fellowship with others.
Then I started thinking about others beyond newcomers — like the church staff and regular attenders — and how important it is to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. I feel that coming to a clean church as a workplace could be uplifting and an encouragement to everyone who works here every day. I think about people coming to church on Sunday morning or to any of the events that NPWC hosts during the week and how much better their experience might be if the church is clean and tidy. So, I’ve been trying to do more and more to make the church this type of place. A place that is pleasant and worry free and comfortable to be in so that people can focus on God and not be distracted. I pray that my work is uplifting to whomever it is that needs uplifting. I try to follow wherever the Lord is leading me with my techniques and use as much of the creativity that He has blessed me with to find solutions to cleaning tasks, even to the point of doing research and making cleaning supplies from recipes that I find online.
My heart’s desire is that God can use what I do, or work through me, to bless someone that He is especially fond of (and we know that He is especially fond of ALL of us because we are ALL His creation.) I always ask God to give me one more thing that I can do everyday, even if it’s small."