– Monday Muse –
Dear One, I am about to tell you something I do – that no one has ever seen me do. Before I leave a public restroom stall, I have for decades now, been under the conviction that for the next occupant I am to make sure that the stall is user-friendly. By this I mean, I make sure that the toilet paper is easy-access ready. What if the next person is a little girl who can’t find the loose edge of the paper? Or what if the person has poor eye-sight, or some other physical problem? And, even if the next person has no hardships, shouldn’t I treat her with respect too?
Yes, I admit, the practice might appear to be a bit strange. But long ago, I was about to leave a messy stall and wouldn’t you know the following came to me. “Are you going to leave it like this for the next occupant?” Apparently, I wasn’t. So with a wad of clean toilet paper in my hand, I began picking up loose pieces of paper. With that, I entered into non-profit, secret, until now, public restroom service.
Sometimes I am in a rush, and cannot, for the life of me, get a hold of the toilet paper edge, and I tell myself to just leave it be, and head out, but I can’t, I just can’t. I picture a sweet little girl, or a not so sweet one, struggling to get hold of some toilet paper, and do what must be done to help her out.
And yes, of course, I sometimes think that maybe, just maybe, I am a bit strange. But then I think, if it takes being strange to respond faithfully to “Are you going to leave it like this for the next occupant?”…I will accept strange.
But guess what I discovered…to my great pleasure? I am not alone in the call to non-profit, secret, public restroom service. I have a close friend, who told me that she tidies up for the next person who enters not just the stall, but the restroom itself. If the counter is wet, she wipes it dry, as if she is readying for a guest. And in God’s eyes, I guess she is doing just that.
“Be kind and compassionate to
one another…” Ephesians 4:32
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