Summer is here! This is a beautiful time for those of us who live in a “seasonal” place, when new life shoots up out of the earth, and out of dormant buds on the trees. I love this time of year. In our household, there is transition. After a marathon last few weeks of school and performances, soccer tournaments, and graduations, the kids are home for the summer. We experience the adjustment of getting used to all being around each other during the day. My housekeeping duties seem to rise to another level. For example, there are now wrappers appearing everywhere. Fiber One bar wrappers, fruit snack wrappers, Pirate’s Booty wrappers….we are going to have the “Throw Away Your Wrapper” talk. There are just “things’ that appear on the carpet, a sock (just one of the pair), rubber bands, or a chapstick that fell out of a purse. A lot of shoes. There are many more crumbs on the wood floor (or things that look like crumbs…, although I don’t know if they are food). It’s just life and activity and it’s a great thing to have a house full of kids, but it also takes more work to keep our space clean.
In different seasons of our lives, we may experience the need to do some housekeeping of another kind–our souls. Sometimes our “selves” get messy, and we realize that for months we have not been cleaning– maybe we tossed a difficult relationship into the junk drawer, stored some bitterness under the bed, or tucked a bit of anger between the cushions. Our souls easily collect crumbs and wrappers, and in my life they look like this:
~ lack of patience with frustrating things
~ easily angered
~ discontented with “stuff” I have
~ lack of peace
~ critical of others
~ forgetting to be thankful
~ less grace and forgiveness for those closest to me
~ lack of self-control (food, my thoughts, spending money)
~ reliance on myself and not God
When I start to see these dust bunnies gather in the corners of my “self”, I know I need to refocus and start cleaning. That means going back to God, and His plan for my personal growth and my life. Cleaning is not enjoyable, whether it’s my floors or my heart, but it feels SO good when it is done. There is a great sense of peace that I feel when my house is clean, and things are in order. And it feels this way in my soul also. When I have found connection with God and restoration from his guidance, my life becomes balanced and heathy.
“Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly;…
Let’s start cleaning!