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Friday, April 25, 2014

Think About It

Spring Cleaning

For many, Spring is a time for cleaning. Winter doldrums, inactivity, and clutter seem to build during the winter season. Neglecting it doesn’t make it better. Just because the sun starts to shine doesn’t make the dust that collected throughout the winter to suddenly disappear. We can open the windows and doors and let the fresh air in, but it won’t take care of what’s settled into the carpets and furniture. In the end, a good spring-cleaning is a healthy choice. Life is the same way.

Paul states, “If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Gal 6:3-5). Jesus said that we’re to take care of the log in our own eye before we try to remove the speck from someone else’s eye, (Mat 7:3). These are just two examples that relate to the idea of looking within ourselves for the purpose of cleaning and taking care of our own stuff. But like the spring-cleaning of our physical house, our own lives need continuous self-reflection and cleaning.

So how do we do this? How do we do self-examination and reflection? David asked God to examine him and to show to him anything that needed to be changed, (Psalm 139). The Apostle James said it this way, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.” (James 1:22-25).

Personal spring-cleaning is about taking a standard that is greater than ourselves and aligning our life to it and cleaning out what doesn’t. Sadly, when one already thinks of themselves as the standard, they are blinded to their own imperfections. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

What if all your family members have there hands out and all they have to do is say love you to get what they want. I could have a Lamborghini or a Porsche sitting in my driveway. But I'm always suckered in by family whom say love you! But that love you always comes along with a could I borrow or have this amount of money this week. I'm ready to give up because no matter what I do it just isn't good enough!

Anonymous said...

stop and give no more you are enabling them. Your letting them use you. That's a very tough spot to be in and I know it is hard to refuse.

Anonymous said...

Commenter #1,

I too, give away almost all my money after paying bills. It's a shame when others see us as useless when we're not giving them something. You're a kind and thoughtful person. Please, remember to be kind to yourself. It sounds like you deserve it.