ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

A news station in Weatherford, Texas, reported that Cybill Moore may never forget the day she found something unexpected on her doorstep.  She said:  “It was a very large basket of men’s dirty laundry, and I was like, ‘OK, I don’t know whose this is.’”

 

The basket of dirty laundry had mysteriously shown up on the porch of her property and whoever left it clearly wanted it washed.

 

She said:  “It had a Walmart bag next to it with the laundry soap and the softener and the dryer sheets.  I left it for about 24 hours just to see if anybody had realized:  ‘Oh, I left it, let me go grab it,’ and they didn’t.”

 

Moore began trying to find the owner through social media, community boards, and neighbors.  After three days with no luck, she decided the clothes needed to be washed.

 

She said:  “It’s two loads.  It’s not gonna be that big a deal, so I went ahead and did it.”

 

Shortly after she finished washing, drying, and folding the clothes, and putting them back in the basket, she got another surprise.

 

Moore said:  “Maybe not even 10 minutes later, a gentleman knocked on my door and was like:  ‘Do you happen to have a basket of laundry?’  And, I said:  ‘Yes sir, I do.’  He was like:  ‘That’s mine!’”

 

The young man who was tracking down his lost laundry told her it was supposed to be dropped four houses down where he pays a woman to do his laundry.  He said:  “I’m sorry.”

 

She responded:  “It’s OK.  I washed it by the way.  And he was shocked about that.  I figured it needed to be washed since it was on the porch, so I went and did it.  And he was like:  ‘Oh, my goodness, thank you so much.  I’ve been wearing these same jeans for three days now.’”

 

He was stunned to find out she’d washed a stranger’s clothes.

 

For three days, the mystery of who left the basket of laundry on her porch and why lingered, but there’s no mystery in why Moore decided to wash a stranger’s dirty clothes.

 

For the woman in Weatherford, Texas, washing the clothes was a no-brainer.  She said:  “It was just something that, hey, we’ve all struggled in the past year.  This isn’t too big of a deal, why not just do it?  If somebody’s laundry happens to show up, maybe you should probably do it because maybe someone needs it.  Otherwise, try to find the owner because they might be needin’ their pants.”

 

Now, you may not know someone who is needin’ their pants, but you almost certainly know someone who has struggled in the past year.  What is some way that you will show the love of Jesus to them through a simple act of kindness?

 

Jesus said:  “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and truly, that is who I am.  So if your Lord and Teacher washes your feet, then you should wash one another’s feet.  I am your example; keep doing what I do.  I tell you the truth:  a servant is not greater than the master.  Those who are sent are not greater than the one who sends them.  If you know these things, and if you put them into practice, you will find happiness.  John 13:13-17 (VOICE)

 

Finding happiness through serving others—that’s what Jesus teaches.


-Michael