I live in Bend, Oregon where the seasons are pretty tricky! We will get a week or 2 early in Spring where the sun is shining and the temperature ranges between 65-75. Everyone goes and gets fresh flowers to plant or put onto flower baskets to decorate their porches; feeling certain it is finally Spring! But, without fail, such as today, we wake up to more snow and temperatures in the low 30’s and 40’s. Only those who live to ski appreciate this ongoing Winter weather! Nevertheless, the calendar says it is officially Spring!
Spring is a great time to clean out the garage, cupboards, closets, and pantry. Something about Spring causes us to feel the need to organize, clean out, and refresh many areas in our homes to make us feel as if there is some renewed order in our lives. This weekend I switched my kitchen cupboards and drawers all around to create a better flow; I cleared out my pantry of the many vases and baskets I had been storing for that “event” someday. I decided to be ruthless~ If I hadn’t used it over the past year then it had to go! It felt really good!! 🙂
As I ponder the whole idea of Spring Cleaning, I wonder if it might be fruitful to take the same amount of time to do some deep, personal Spring Cleaning?
What might it be like to take some intentional time to consider the consider the condition of our hearts:
*have we allowed bitterness or unforgiveness; discouragement or offense to take residence in our hearts over the long Winter season?
What about our Words? Could they use some cleaning up?
*have we allowed the words we say to be full of doubt, criticism, sarcasm, and fear as the seasons have passed? Do our words bring life to ourselves and others?
What about our minds~ How we think? Could we need a little extra Pine-sol for that?
*have we allowed fear, judgment, regret, and sadness to reign supreme in our thinking over the past year? When we talk to ourselves are we a good influence or are kinder to others than we are to ourselves?
Do we need to dust off our irritations? Have we gotten bogged down by things that bug us?
*have we allowed little things (or people) annoy us so much that we find that regularly extending grace to situations (or people) has become increasingly challenging over the past calendar year?
I know I could use a fresh “mopping”! 🙂
If any of those scenarios apply, then perhaps this Spring will be fantastic time to get “really shiny!!” Perhaps as you honestly asses how much “dust” has built up in these key areas you will be able to regain a joy-filled heart, express words that bring life, become clear-minded and ready to focus on the positive and the possibilities, and perhaps also finding the energy to extend fresh grace as opposed to remaining easily irritated.
Here are some “cleaning tools” just to get you started!! 🙂
“God longs to purify you from your sins, to wash you and make your heart “whiter than snow”. Psalm 51:7
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me” Psalm 51:10
” You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Now remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:3