I’m happy to be linking up with Five Minute Friday and explore another word…in five minutes. Here goes…


It is winter in Upstate New York. It’s a time when I would rather hibernate than rise to another gloomy, cold day. I have to admit that it’s wonderful to get out of bed to flick up the thermostat instead of stirring and building up a fire to keep warm. (This is after I have hunted and chopped up the wood).

While I write, a load is in the washer and I can hear the water filling as it comes through the pipes.  My great-grandmother had to build a fire, go to the well and pump water, and carry it to heat on the stove…all before washing the clothes. Progress is good.

We love our conveniences, but they also love us. Because our technology is so readily available and makes things happen more quickly, they set us up for more work and busier lives.

As you can see, I am writing while the washer is doing it’s work. It seems innocent enough, until the demands and obligations become so great that your life is one-continuous-job-to-do-after-another.

Our day may start at five am, but still end at 8 pm. Why? Because convenience has made us captive by pushing you to extremes. It becomes some state of euphoria to accomplish all the goals.

This is all so convenient for our enemy. As long as we continue a frenzied life he has little to do, except sit with a smile on his face. We make his job so easy.

Unless God brings troubles into our lives, we might only say a quick prayer when we encounter a bump in the road, instead of time set aside for calming the soul in meditative prayer.

Do we know Him as we scurry endlessly?

It’s still January and we could make it a goal to slow down and listen for God. Let’s give our enemy something to worry about…let’s slow down.





11 thoughts on “Convenient

  1. hopesspringeternal2

    I love this! At present, I have both the dishwasher and washing machine running. It is stinking cold outside here as well, but I’m headed to take a warm shower in a minute. Not much work went into any of those things. Since my chores are humming along, I do believe I will take a moment to thank God for this beautiful day (and maybe snuggle with my kiddos)!

  2. Donna McElwain

    Observation that people keep taking on tasks without evaluating what they have already committed. That’s when family is neglected. My policy is drop something before you take on next. I have dropped my teaching so I can take active part in Republican Women’s Club. Looking forward to new adventures.

  3. I am visiting from Five Minute Friday!
    I love your piece. Laundry in the house is for sure a convenience.One I prefer to keep. Anyone who has had to go somewhere else to do laundry knows this – esp if you are used to having in the place where you live!

    Slow down is good advice. I often have to remind myself – and today you did it for me!

    Thank you

    1. Thanks for reading this morning. I remember the days in an apartment and laundry was in the next town. I was so ridiculously happy to finally have my own washer and dryer! I said thanks to God for every load I put in it for months.

  4. Great post, Diane. We are, indeed, prisoners of ease.

    Some thoughts –

    The easy carousel of days
    makes captive that quick spark
    of divinity, and negates the ways
    in which we can rightly mark
    the fusion of our toil and tears
    that rise from stuff that’s hard,
    but that build armour against the fears
    that would leave us bloody, scarred.
    The cobbles that bruised our Saviour’s knees
    on the road to that dire Cross
    are offered now, not for our ease,
    but to indemnify our loss.
    If we’re to follow Christ the Lord
    it’s not convenience we’re walking toward.

    #1 at FMF this week.

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