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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – January 23, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – January 23, 2020

IBC Women’s Blog January 23, 2020

GOOVI by Jodie Montgomery


It’s the first of the year and I’ve got a new best friend, GOOVI. I have fallen in love with GOOVI. GOOVI does what not many want to do, clean up after others. GOOVI is quiet, efficient, and focused in his mission. GOOVI is making Siri jealous.

You probably figured this out, GOOVI is a robotic vacuum. GOOVI was a random gift from my mom. She saw a need and valiantly responded. I haven’t even spent time programming GOOVI, I took him out of the box and pushed on. I didn’t care what traffic pattern he took or which room he started on, it was just time to clean. I followed GOOVI around so impressed with his methodical work and ability to stay on task. GOOVI is single-minded.

GOOVI has these tiny, spinning brushes that gather really small dirt particles. GOOVI has a setting where he will just do circles in an area needing intense coverage. GOOVI doesn’t even freak out the dog. Mr. Knightley seems to understand the family needs GOOVI. When we first got GOOVI, we did have to empty GOOVI frequently. My son-in-law, the new daddy, was heard saying “I changed him” when referring to a robotic vacuum. Before you know it, your robot is family. Who doesn’t love R2-D2 more than Luke…?

Just like anyone weighed down with filth, GOOVI needs some care, he needs refreshing. Sometimes, in the cleansing work, GOOVI gets caught up in obstacles. I heard of one family who sadly had a mishap with their “GOOVI” as the robot unknowingly spread dog poop throughout the house as had been an unnoticed “accident” in the robot’s path. Cleaning can sometimes look worse before it gets better.

Day 2 with GOOVI, we found him tirelessly whirling while going nowhere as he was caught up in an afghan. Scissors required for that rescue. The other day, I thought that the sounds in my laundry room were vibrations from the neighbors cutting down a big tree. Finally it dawned on me that GOOVI was in distress. Sure enough, GOOVI was buried under a chalkboard sign he had knocked over. Stuff can interfere with the purification process.

Why ramble about GOOVI? Because cleaning up requires effort. A good start to the year may involve some spiritual cleanup too. Some dirt just comes from being in the world, but a lot of dirt is produced by us on our journey. Cleaning up is worthwhile and we do not have to do it alone. There may be some obstacles on our path, but we don’t have to be programmed to figure out how to overcome and get the job done. Sometimes we just need someone else to remind us what a great difference a clean start makes. Sometimes we need to push the start button and if nothing else just robotically deal with what we need to do. We know the steps. What begins robotically will result in joyful appreciation of clean.

2 Timothy 2:8-22   Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;  If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;  If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.