Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Illuminating I's ~ Life Lessons From a Dirty Van Window ~ A to Z Blog Challenge

When I began thinking about the A to Z challenge, I thought for a long time about what I wanted to write. I tried to think of ways to find neat things about the English language with each letter. And then I thought, what if that letter didn’t exist? So I am doing an abbreviated version of my Life Lessons series that I normally do on Fridays, but without using the letter of the day. What would life be like without that letter? Let’s find out...

The back glass of my van got cleaned the other day at the QT. The handled sponge/squeegee worked well as a glass washer, but there’s a funny aspect of water: water runs.

Before one could say “You should really wash the whole van” black streaks decorated the back of my van. Yes, there was that much crud to clean off. The prospect from the seats was now clearer but the van as a whole looked worse.

The sponge could swat at the worst of the streaks, but every attempt to correct the new marks came to naught. (There’s a fun phrase for you. We should all say “came to naught” more often.) Unless the whole van got washed, anyone who looked at the van would see the smudges and crud that covered the body.

How often do we try cleaning spots? We clean one area of ourselves only to be left with black streaks on other parts because we haven’t bothered to address the real problem. Stuff God doesn’t care for covers our whole soul and unless we get the Creator to clean us, we can only move the muck around.

As a flanked note the van has yet to be washed. Repentance, however, has been requested from and granted by God.

When I decided to do this lesson from the van’s back window on the day for letter I, I thought I was crazy. Turned out to be easier than I expected. The hardest part was not saying the word ‘I’. It made me look at things differently. Try going through the day without saying the word ‘I’ and watch your perspective change. Check out other A to Z participants using the link below. 


  1. Very fun theme! Found myself reading it again looking for an "i" that maybe found its way in when you weren't looking! Haha!

    Thanks for the comment on my site! Happy A-Z ing!


  2. Fascinating theme you have here!

    Nice to meet you, and I hope you're enjoying the Challenge!

    A to Z Challenge Host

  3. Haha. I run the search function on it before I post it. Several had crept in on my first draft. ;)

  4. I am! It's a lot of work but the challenge is fun.

  5. great post---very difficult to write about one's self without using i though :)

  6. no kidding! It really made me think about things differently!