Five Minute Friday: Laundry

Photo Credit: Free Digital

Photo Credit: Free Digital

It is time for Five Minute Friday again! The word prompt is Laundry.

I’ve said in my blog before that there have been days when my laundry pile is high enough for experienced climbers to train for Everest. I know it seems like a dramatic statement, but I have often felt that the laundry is my own personal mountain to climb, move, or to just lie down face first upon and wave a white sock above my head in surrender.

I was incredibly impressed with Lisa-Jo Baker’s laundry initiative this week. I was wondering if for even just a second she might have thought her task and burden to help a people desperate in need felt like Everest.

I’ve been reading a lot about the whole idea of building a platform and what that means. There have been times my stomach feels in knots over it because it can easily turn into a process of someone holding their hand up high screaming, “Me, Me, ME!!! HEY, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!”

And then I realize there is a huge difference between a “worldly platform” and a Godly platform. When bloggers with large platforms are obedient to God and use their influence to bring fresh water to communities in third world countries, then I see a new perspective on what a platform is truly meant to be.

I see platforms built on the rock of Jesus, not self.

I see beauty and community pull together to give and pour out in a way that will wash people clean in love and hope that comes from Christ.

What I’ve learned this week: Platform doesn’t have to be an ugly word, when the platform is founded on Christ.

If you want to learn more about Lisa-Jo’s Laundry initiative please click here.

Have a beautiful Friday!



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  1. So very true Jennifer 🙂 Always thankful for you!

  2. It was a sort of terrifying Mount Everest yes it sure was. Such a relief to have others help us altogether to the top. Love this post so much

    • Thank you so much, Lisa-Jo! I was brought to tears this week over how God moved for the people in South Africa. It was such a blessing to be a part of. God bless you!

  3. Jennifer,
    I would say that you have a VERY Godly platform! You blog to bring Christ’s love to a world in need! So keep writing girl!

  4. Thank you, Bev! Your words are a blessing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. I like that you’ve thought about blogging as it relates to having a platform for our written words. Though most days I feel driven by personal reflection, I believe those come from God and provides readers with a window into our (mine and God) intimate relationship.

    • Thanks, Shannon. I agree that God must be the one to fuel the words and that comes from our relationship with Him. Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Dear Jennifer
    I think people would battle to see that I am actually waving a white sock in surrender, being so dirty. I can still put the washing in the washing machine, but I am not able to hang them up anymore. But I am blessed by a wonderful woman who works for us twice a week to do all these difficult tasks I cannot do anymore!
    Blessings XX

  7. I’m praying for you, Mia. I’m so happy you have the blessing of someone to help you. God bless you!

  8. Am I the only guy who reads your blog? You just never know who God will touch with your words.

    • Thanks, Mike. No, you are not the only one. But most guys who read are all connected to me personally in some way, like old friends. I appreciate you reading and your support!

  9. I adore this post. I’ve struggled for years with the idea of a platform and only in the last year have come to realize what you said that a Godly platform is a world apart from what the world usually builds their platforms upon. I also realized that it doesn’t do anyone any good for me to just play small and fake humility. The two are separate. I stopped by from Lisa-Jo’s and I’m so glad that I did.

    • Thank you, Jessica! The word platform has been very difficult for me, but I’m learning what it truly means to form one as a Christian. Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Jennifer, I appreciate your words here today. I have been struggling with the thought of building a platform and have even felt some criticism for wanting to reach out by in(RL) friends. In needed to hear this today “Platform doesn’t have to be an ugly word, when the platform is founded on Christ.” I pray that my focus is always about bringing Glory to Him

  11. Hi Amy. It can be such a difficult balance. I think most of it really depends on the attitude of our heart and focus on Christ. Thanks for reading!

  12. I think we could become professional mt climbers together! Sometimes those mounting piles are the very thing that tip me over into tears at midnight- other times they just remind me of the fullness of life spilling happy beneath my roof. Love your perspective on platform here- I’ve struggled with that as much as I’ve struggled with laundry! Glad to meet you through FMF

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