I love spring!
I love how the days get longer, and how the sun warms the air. With the windows now open, fresh air is blowing in and with it the sounds of spring. I hear people raking away the thatch off their lawns making way for fresh new green grass, kids outside playing, birds chirping and of course the sound of the Blue Jays game on the radio or TV. As I look out my office window I can see soapy streaks of water flowing toward the catch basin on the road as neighbours begin the weekly ritual of car washing. Yes, my neighbours have very clean cars. ;)
Spring cleaning is a term that we all understand, whether it applies to our homes, our workstation or our vehicles. It seems that as the sun streams through the windows it casts light on the dirt and clutter that’s gathered all winter long.
But what about a spring cleaning for the soul? What if this spring as we are detailing the car or cleaning the house, we spent time cleaning up our spiritual house as well?
So here’s some ideas on how to start:
- Get rid of the clutter
Take a look at what distracts you from making your relationship with God a priority. And if you can, get rid of it! What is getting in the way of nurturing your relationship with God? For instance, are you watching TV, or one more episode on Netflix when you could be outside walking and praying, or in God’s Word?
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ( Romans 12:2, NIV)
- Wash and Cleanse
After you’ve gotten rid of the clutter it is time to cleanse. As you draw near to God - ask God as David did in Psalm 51:10:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (KJV)
Scrub out nasty attitudes, like bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, fear and selfishness by asking God to help you clean up each one.
Spring cleaning of the soul is not done alone. Ask God in. In God’s economy every day is a great day for some spring cleaning!
Join us on Sunday as we continue our three part sermon series called Risky Prayers. If you missed last week be sure to check out our website. You won’t want to miss this Sunday!