As we enter the season of spring, we look forward to seeing the sunshine, the flowers starting to bloom, the leaves appearing on the trees, feeling more warmth in the air around us. And as the sun shines in through the windows, it inspires us to want to spring clean our homes, as we look around and suddenly notice the dust and the cobwebs that we hadn’t noticed during the dark cold days of winter. The more light and air that blows into our home, the more we are motivated to do some spring cleaning and have things looking fresh and bright. Maybe we write a list of things to be done, or maybe we decide to organise ourselves, by starting at the top and working our way down. But how many of us decide to start from within, and include our soul on the list of things to check for cleanliness? Spring is the perfect time to ask ourselves a few questions about things we may have neglected along with the cobwebs in our home.
So, is the clutter of life affecting our relationship with God? Are some of our attitudes and behaviours in need of cleansing? Are we holding on to bitterness against people who have hurt us? Do we have judgmental thoughts about people we don’t like? Are we infected with anger, fear, or selfishness?
Do we need to vacuum away the everyday annoyances and resentments that are affecting us, and ask for God’s help in dealing with difficult people, and those that may offend us?
Maybe we need to dust away remnants of the past that are stopping us from moving forward into the future with confidence.
Maybe we could do with some polishing, making our relationships shine by serving others as God leads us to do? Perhaps we can think about how often we can bless others with our words and actions, remembering that even a small act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Once all of that is done, finally we can organise, perhaps rearranging our lives so we can be in conformity with the expectations of God our father
So, this spring, let’s spend some quiet time with God and invite Him to show us what we might need to “clean up” in order to grow deeper in our faith and closer to God our Father.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform 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 1:2
Rev Lansford Penn-Timity.