The mouse in the house

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In terms of home ownership, the only good mouse is a dead mouse.  Unless, of course, the olfactory evidence informs you of the deceased, but you can’t locate the corresponding corpse.  There are various outcomes connected with this unfortunate demise:

The odor tends to encourage one to relocate to a different part of the house.  That’s not necessarily so bad if the size of one’s abode can accommodate such changes.  If, on the other hand, you live in an apartment, or a house full of other people, say, three or four children, that’s not quite so easy.

The only kind of mice I tolerate in my house…

And/or we try to cover up the smell with other smells.  I would also tend to opt for opening the windows for that fresh air aroma, but this also is not so convenient in December or January.  So, instead, I get a mixture of holiday cinnamon with dead rodent, which will likely not do so well on the market next Christmas.

We also might avoid having guests over (which, if you’re a bit of an introvert like me, is not necessarily anything new…) Because we sure wouldn’t want to be embarrassed by showing anything other than perfect, especially if this is their first time to our home.

The reality is that we all have rotten, decaying pieces of our past still hiding somewhere in our lives.  Unfortunately, even within the church community, we tend to react in ways very similar to my above predicament:

  1. We try to emotionally compartmentalize. Rather than dig out and heal the offending part of our past, we simply move to a different area of our lives, including relationships, jobs, (churches)…unfortunately, the odor tends to linger on us, and we shouldn’t be surprised if others begin asking where the smell is coming from.                                                                                                                                        
  2. We may try to gloss over the problem with supposedly stronger fragrances, like a happy face, laughter, or even throwing ourselves into someone else’s pain in an attempt to hide—or to hide from—our own.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  3. Eventually, we may give up and decide we’ll just have to live with our stinkiness by ourselves, and correspondingly remove ourselves from the very society that we need to help us heal. Okay, admittedly the Church has screwed up in this area time and again, and no excuses there.  But the reality is that God made us for community, and it is within community that true restoration occurs.  There are those who really do care more about the person than the odor of past (or present) difficulties, and the restoration that comes from these relationships is more than worth several tries to connect.

Sometimes finding the defiling creatures are challenging, and may even call for a bit (or a lot) of ripping and tearing before the reconstruction can begin. 

But your nose (and others) will thank you for it.

But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.”

1 Corinthians 2:14  Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

13 thoughts on “The mouse in the house”

  1. Seriously? How do you come up with these illustrations? Crazy good. It’s a gift to take a situation we have all encountered, like a dead mouse, and convert it to a Bible lesson. Nicely done.

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  2. Excellent post. I usually find that early in salvation, we can easily recognize the dead mice and quickly dispose of them. But as we move on, God has a tendency of saying, “You’re not quite done yet. There are a few more you need to deal with, but you weren’t ready to do so several years ago. You are now, so start disposing of the smelly things.” Looking forward to more of your posts!

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  3. This one is close to my heart. For two reasons: 1) we are dealing with a mouse, hopefully only one (but I highly doubt it), in our house. 2) it’s true- we are not meant to do life alone. We need others and others need us. My church is currently making changes to our small groups to help facilitate true community and I’m very excited about it.

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    1. Small groups can make a church. I’m really happy for you on the account! The community that is to be the church has to find its place embedded within our society to be the light it’s designed to be. That’s a massive challenge.

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