I hate cleaning.
So you can imagine my enthusiasm when my alarm sounded Monday morning to signal that I should remove myself from my bed’s comfort and present myself in the CCX office for Spring cleaning.
Since I am rarely in the office, except for meetings and required events, I find myself even more reluctant to spend half a day cleaning up messes that I usually had no part in.
However, today when I needed to drop into the office to turn in camp registration forms, the first thing my senses noticed was how clean the office is. It was as if the room was brighter, more cheerful, and definitely smelled better.
And it made me think.
Sometimes I find the need to come in and help clean up a mess that someone else created or that just came to be from the death and decay of time.
I am often reluctant to be involved in these situations because, let’s face it, it’s just not fun, you have to get your hands dirty, and sometimes the things you hope to save just aren’t salvageable.
There are also times when clean up needs to be done in my own life.
Relationships have become cluttered with the distractions of life or dusty from neglect. Cobwebs and creatures seem to hang in foundational areas like prayer, fasting and evangelism.
Therefore … let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress…(NLT) Hebrews 12:1
It is difficult work to thoroughly clean. It requires attention to detail and time. It means setting priorities, purging, and simplifying.
But after the work is done, we find that we can breathe easier again. The weight seems lighter. There is joy and the grime is wiped off our lights allowing us to again shine as God has created us.
Are there areas in your heart and life that are in need of some Spring cleaning?
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.(KJV) Psalm 51:10