Time for Spring Cleaning
I don't know about you, but this radical change in weather has brought a smile to my face. Spring is always an optimistic season for me. The plants and trees are starting to bloom and the feeling of something "new" is in the air. That's the "good news"….
This is also the season of spring cleaning. That annual tradition of ripping apart the home and garage and cleaning away all the dust, dirt, and grime that has accumulated from the winter season. While the end result of all of this work is amazing, the process of cleaning up is hard to start and even harder to complete. I know that each time I look at this project, I get easily distracted by the desire to move quickly and get on with my day. There are all sorts of other things that "need" my attention. You know, really important things like checking my social feeds to make sure I haven't missed anything or maybe streaming an entire season of my latest new favorite series. But with all that said, there's nothing more satisfying than looking at the results of the clean-up that has been completed. What was once old and dirty now looks new.
Occasionally, as followers of Jesus, we too can enter into a season where we fall away and let the dust and dirt of the world enter into our lives. Maybe we have become so busy with activities and work that we do not spend time reading the Bible or praying. Or maybe there have been events that have taken place that have caused us to turn away.
The good news is that we have the opportunity to perform some "spring cleaning" in our lives as well. The invitation from Jesus is clear. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" You see, something new is inside of us that makes us new. All we have to do is turn back to Jesus and re-engage with him to take away the dust and dirt to uncover the new you! 1 John 1:9 says - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
My prayer for you today is that you will take time this spring and do a little spring cleaning on yourself. Establish a regular routine of engaging Jesus in prayer and study his word in the Bible and you too can have the opportunity to rediscover that "new" feeling that is so obvious this time of year.