Swept

Have you ever looked at a speck on your floor and said to yourself, that’s ok I plan to clean later? Next thing you know……..you are walking past a piece of lint in one corner and grass dragged in by your child’s cleats after a muddy game of who knows what sport all while making a mad dash towards the door with keys, coffee, and laptop bag in hand aaggghhhh! (pardon my rant I live this). Then, you think to yourself I should have just swept when I initially saw the speck on the floor. It happens to me all the time! The particulars in your circumstances may be a bit different but I think we can all relate.

I never quite know how dirty the floors are until all of the dust, grass, etc is swept into a nice huge pile. I end up wondering to myself, why didn’t I just do this sooner.

Much like our relationship with the Lord, daily preventative maintenance is imperative. We can very often begin to feel demoralized by the challenges this life inevitably brings. The difficulties we face in life are not exclusive. Chances are someone has endured in the past, is enduring presently, or will endure in the future exactly what you are experiencing. In fact we have a Savior that faced the same challenges we have faced. He is so lovingly able to empathize. Don’t isolate yourself when you face these trials. Isolation is a destructive device used to deceive you into thinking you are alone. We are not alone!!!!  Consider it pure joy when you are tested, your tribulations truly do come to make you stronger.

I am not only the spokesperson but I am also a client.

Daily maintenance may look like time set aside for a devotional and prayer. Weekly maintenance might look like communing with a church family and allowing a pastor to guide you to a closer relationship with Christ. Monthly, you may volunteer at a local organization or do something especially nice for a neighbor, friend, or a complete stranger.  Yearly, you can tune up by attending an uplifting conference. If we do small things to remain in close relationship with the Lord, we will not be overwhelmed by or feel inadequate when the storms of life rage.

When we don’t address the adjustments that need to be made head on, we find ourselves weighed down by the trials of living in this world, clouded by the debris of life. We need to examine ourselves genuinely and consistently. Our measuring stick is the word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you which areas need Spring cleaning.

Scripture References

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested[a] as we are, yet without sin.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test!
Prayer:

Heavenly Father, create in me a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within me. Help me to daily stay in relationship with you so that when difficulties arise, I can boldly face them with my faith intact on the other side. In Jesus’ Matchless Mighty Name Amen

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