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Faith Focus: What do we take for granted?

Recently, the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas mobile laundry unit served the families involved with the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake in Dallas.

The Suds of Love laundry truck allowed the families Buckner serves the opportunity to wash clothes free of cost and also provided a safe environment for their children to play while doing laundry. 

“We often take it for granted that you’re able to wash your clothes when you get ready to do that,” said Tamiko Jones, executive director/treasurer of WMU of Texas. “So with Suds of Love, or affectionately called Bubbles, we’re excited to be here to give families the opportunity to wash their clothes and do laundry. This is an exciting time to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Tamiko’s words remind me of Hebrews 13:16: Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. (MSG)

The only time I think about laundry is when it piles up in the clothes hamper.  Even then, I don’t give it much thought. Begrudgingly, I throw it in the wash machine. After a little while, I have clean clothes. Laundry is something I take for granted.

I wonder what else I take for granted that could be an opportunity to serve someone else. What do I know or have that could help someone else?

A friend of mine teaches a class on finances at her church where she shares the basics of how to create and follow a budget and how to emerge from debt. Many of us learn that information as we grow up, but it is life changing for those who haven’t.

Buckner Family Hope Centers commonly offer parenting classes. There, adults learn proven ways to communicate, correct and bond with their children. The lessons parents learn change families completely.

Laundry. Financial information. Parenting skills. What can we share with someone else that will shine hope into their lives this week?

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