I am not one who often has a spotless home, but I do try my best to keep the house straightened up each day. I usually make my rounds each day picking up toys and shoes and clothes and miscellaneous piles of whatever else has been left out.
There was one specific day last week that I was getting ready for company to come over. Visitors! We all know that when visitors are coming we clean with a little more vigor, and that’s exactly what I was doing. As I finished cleaning up for the day I realized something. There was a big pile of trash sitting at the end of our hall way- mainly empty boxes and some shredded wrapping paper.
The interesting thing is this same pile of trash had been sitting in that exact spot since my kid’s birthday party, almost a month ago! Day after day I walked by that same trash. Night after night I tucked my kids in bed and passed by the pile to get to my own room. Somehow, although I had picked up my house many times this pile of trash was left untouched each time, almost as if I just forgot it was there. I got used to it. It didn’t even bother me anymore.
I think sometimes this happens not just in our homes, but in our lives as well. We allow some trash to pile up- maybe it’s un-forgiveness, anger, bitterness, jealousy, pride, gossip, an addiction, or a hundred other possibilities. We just let it sit in the back of our minds, maybe in a dark corner, that way it doesn’t seem so bad. And, eventually we forget it’s there.
Day by day we deal with the trash, we see the trash in our lives, BUT we in a way become used to it. We allow it to become a part of who we are and our hearts are no longer tender to the conviction of the Spirit in that area.
SO, today I ask you to clean the house of your mind and heart. Are there any piles of trash sitting around that somehow you have forgotten to take care of? Don’t allow the trash to pile up any longer. Today is the day. Get rid of that trash with God’s help. AND don’t let it pile up again.
Praise God that it is never too late for us. His forgiveness is readily available and He is ready and willing to help us make the changes necessary to get that trashed cleaned up.
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”