Spring cleaning. It’s a time to sort through the clutter in my house, designating some items to give away and others to trash. It’s a time to scrub all the surfaces and wipe down the dusty corners. Sometimes I avoid the tasks at hand, wishing instead to relax and enjoy myself. But I know it must be done. So I check my attitude, gather my supplies, and roll up my sleeves, ready to get the job done. With thoughtful preparation and lots of hard work, my house becomes sparkling clean.
Even though I need to spring clean every year, the clutter in my mind needs even more attention. Some activities and habits need cultivating, others need to be thrown in the trash, eliminated from my life. It’s time to examine my words and deeds, to allow His grace to clean my thinking and wipe away the negative thoughts and attitudes lurking in the corners of my mind. Sometimes, I procrastinate, not willing to approach His throne, not willing to admit my internal messes or to clean them up. Eventually, I become more willing. With time spent in the word and in prayer, I prepare my mind to receive my savior and allow Him to make my soul sparkling clean.
What about you? Are you content to let your soul live without a good spring cleaning? Or, are you battling spiritual laziness? Are you willing to let your soul stagnate and let the clutter of sin pile up? What do you need to do to motivate yourself to go to your maker and allow Him to assist you in your soul cleaning? How will you make way for the Savior to cleanse you and abide in you?