Cleaning the Closets of Our Heart
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Sigh! Today, I am cleaning closets, starting in my 12 year old son’s room. I have found clothes with tags — yeah, they don’t fit anymore — clothes that are dirty — clothes that at one time were folded nice and tidy but not so much now:/
During the Christmas of 2011, I gave my son a new bedroom. Unlike the bedroom described above, I gave my son a clean, sorted and organized room. At that time, I believed he was old enough to take care of what I had given him. I was wrong. In fact, cleaning this room might take me all day:/
I wonder if God feels this way about us??? I mean He gives us life, and yet, often, we really suck at taking good care of it. I mean we eat poorly (yes, even that health nut you know has a secret;)). Some of us smoke, drink and sadly, some of us do drugs. We exercise, but not often enough (although some people are better at it than others. And as we know, the list goes on and on of things we could do better. But He still loves us.
I wonder if He ever looks at us and shakes His head like we do with our kids. Seriously, how hard is it to hang clothes? When we do something we know is not very Christian like. I wonder why we don’t always follow directions? Why are we like children who really REALLY want that chocolate bar right before supper — just about the time dinner is being served? Particularly, when the directions for life are so easy to follow???
Admittedly, I’m far from perfect … much like my son’s room was this morning, but I do know this one thing. GOD LOVES YOU (and me) and He forgives me when I ask Him. Not unlike or very different from how I will forgive my son, when his “almost” clean bedroom once again requires a full day of cleaning;)
So, like me today, spend some time finding ways to tidy up our own ‘closets’ — aka our heart. It doesn’t have to sparkle but a little more space for God is a little less space for clutter<3