I am a former 15 year veteran of Student Ministry. Some people call it Youth Group. I hate that term. It’d take another post to understand why. In 15 years my house has been the subject of pranks. One morning I woke up and there was a goat tied to a tree in the front yard. I live in the ‘burbs. Then they forked my lawn. Google it. They post-it noted my car. All of it. No that glue doesn’t come off easy. They Christmas wrapped my car. They shaving creamed a message on my garage. They snuck into my house while I was on vacation and rearranged the whole house. The living room was in the kitchen. The kitchen was in a bedroom and so on… The thing I actually dislike the most is when they toilet paper my house. Its the most boring. The easiest to clean up. So here is how you clean it up:
- Pick up all the stuff off the ground you can roll
- Rake up all the other big pieces…if it gets dirt in it it actually helps.
- Get out your hose. Turn on high. Blast everything else out of the trees. TP dissolves in water.
- Take a picture. Maybe this should have been #1.
That’s pretty much it. Not rocket science. Imagine you could do the same thing in your life with interruptions. What if you had a simple strategy for reacting to a mess. Maybe you could use the TP method?
- Respond to what you know must be done first. Eliminate clutter. The big pieces. Start with the easiest of the hardest.
- Get some tools to help you cope with what remains of the clutter. Tools look like people, God, a Bible, counselors, friends, mentors…
- Have some fun with the problem. Blast away and play. (yep the hose part)
- Remember your trial for it is sure to find you in some form again.
If you are in a mess now. Let me know. The best thing I can do for you is to pray for you.
How do you handle a surprise mess?