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This week my son shared a simple way to remove outdoor cobwebs. Our house is built into a hill, and the basement opens under our front porch. Spiders decorate this area every Halloween, and they keep their decorations up year round.

Cleaning this area has been a nightmare. I approached it with waterproof shoes, bucket, extension pole, gloves, scrub brushes, squeegee, and hand grenades. The webs repelled my powerful water sprayer. I felt like Frodo fighting Shelob in The Lord of the Rings. I sensed spiders crawling on me for weeks afterwards.

This week I called my son to see if he wanted to do the job. Ha! He didn’t, but he offered a great tip. “Mom, use a broom.”

After making sure this wasn’t some sick Halloween joke concerning his mother, I tried it.

It worked. It worked so well I swept the bricks and windows on the ground level around my whole house without one shiver. I’ve cleaned this house the tortuous way for fifteen years.

I’ve complicated other things too, such as what it means to be a Christian disciple. In John 15 Jesus boils it down to a simple four letter word, LOVE. How did it become so complex in our minds? [click to continue…]

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