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Vacuuming Ohio
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 19:59


I was wondering about things the other day and the thought came to me. . .How long would it take to vacuum the state of Ohio? Sure, it sounds like a big project, but how long would it take?

To figure it out, certain assumptions had to be made:

Lake Erie forms part of the state, and we donít want to vacuum the lake.

Ohio is flat. Although it is a flat state, for the sake of calculations it is truly flat. In other words there is no allotting for rocks, hills, ridges, or valleys in the calculations.

It will take approximately one second to vacuum one square foot.

So letís figure it out:

Area of Ohio: 41, 330 square miles

Lake Erie portion: 3, 277 square miles

Part of Ohio to be cleaned: 38, 103 square miles

Convert square miles to feet: 1,062,250,675,200 square feet

If you can vacuum one square foot in one second then it will take you:

1,062,250,675,200 seconds or

17,704,177,920 minutes or

295,069,632 hours or

12,294,568 days or

33,683 years!

Wow, that is a long time, but that is the answer. . give or take 10 years either way. What got me thinking about this was a question I was asked not long ago. It was voiced by a person who is really trying to be the person Jesus has called them to be. Yet they are frustrated because some times it is so difficult. They asked ďHow long will it take before I quit messing up like I do?Ē My answer, ďA lifetime. . .Ē

You see, the journey of faith is a process. Sometimes it is 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. Hopefully at the end of the day, you can at least see that you took one step forward total. In other words, there will be some days that you fail miserably, other days when you seem to do everything just right but then the day ends and you start all over again tomorrow. In other words it takes a lifetime to become all that God wants you to be. You are never done. You canít learn enough, you canít love enough, you canít forgive enough, but you will discover that each day you get a little bit closer to the Father. Along the way you will find joy, meaning, purpose, and hope. Those things should keep you moving forward. Living for Jesus is full of excitement and adventure, but remember it is a big job and it will take you the rest of your life. The good news is that Jesus has already done all the work, so your part is easier. . .trust Him.

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