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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bark is Worse than His/Her Bite (10/17/13)

TITLE: The Best Toilet Cleaner In Our Town
By LaVonne Wood


If you need your toilet cleaned, Iím your woman! Anyway, thatís what Iíve been hearing from everybody in town since starting my new part-time job at the auditorium a few weeks ago. Gee, I didnít even know you could be so talented at this kind of a job. Oh, did I mention I also do windows, clean mirrors and sinks, take out garbage, and vacuum and sweep floors. I think if I work hard enough they may move me up to dusting! Or, I could just quit this job and take the other two cleaning job offers I received since starting this line of work.

I always believed if you work hard enough and go the extra mile you could climb your way up the ladder of success. Well, in the past I have held such reputable positions as office manager, income tax preparer, teacher, filing clerk and baker. Yet, never have I received so much heart-felt praise as I have with this delightful cleaning job.

So, am I moving up in the world or has my whole career literally gone down the toilet? I mean, how good can you be at toilet cleaning anyway? I suppose you could just swish a couple times, flush, and wipe a little off the top. But you really havenít cleaned the pot until you scrub real hard with the brush before you flush. Then make sure you apply a good germ fighting cleaner to the whole tank and especially the handle; (everybody touches it right after wiping). After cleaning the bowl, be sure to clean the under part in front where the yellow urine dribbles down to the floor.

If you get your routine down it should take no more than ten minutes to whip through about three or four stools. As you can see, I have had some experience with this line of work as a maid at a pheasant hunting lodge. Guess thatís why they figured I didnít need any potty-training. Come to think of it, it could be just my lightning speed that qualifies me as the best toilet scrubber in town?

Now that Iíve spouted off my piece, I want to tell you how I really feel about my new job. I am so thankful that the Lord has provided me with this extra income at a time when it is really needed. I have a wonderful co-worker who is very appreciative of my help. Her former helper is having some medical issues and I am filling in until she is able to work again. I am doing this as a service to her and to our small town that uses our auditorium regularly.

It is a privilege to be of service any way I can for the Lord and to do the best job possible at whatever I do. Though I may be tempted at times to complain about my lot in life, I need to remember it is those small, (or should I say demeaning), acts of service that show the most love and reflects the Christ in us to others (Matt. 23:11).

Oh, by the way, Iím looking for a part-time job washing feet. I think maybe that might put me at the front of the table next to Jesus if I keep my humility on track (Eph. 6: 6, 7).

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C D Swanson 10/24/13
This was a refreshing story that touched my heart, thank you for sharing this with us. Your honesty and truth resonated throughout this piece. Very well done.

God bless you~
Bonnie Rose Hudson10/25/13
Very nice! Thank you for sharing!
Larry Whittington10/25/13
This was an interesting story. I am tempted to believe it.

I could not match it with the topic: "bark is worse that bite' but maybe it is there.

God does provide us with our talents, abilities and interests and we should humbly use them for his glory.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/27/13
You have a delightful sense of humor. I think I smiled and chuckled the entire read.

You may be a tad weak on the topic though. I loved that you thought outside of the box. Many stories this week have been about real barking dogs or grumpy neighbors. So in my book you get extra points for going in a different direction.

I also really enjoyed the gross details. It gives the story depth. Your message is one I think we all need to hear now and then. Great job.
Bonnie Bowden 11/02/13
I wish I could hire the main character to come to my house and clean. A delightful story that made me laugh throughout. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.