Cleaning my house. A task I don’t mind doing, but it might require knowing company is coming to get me to do a thorough job. This morning as I walked past our guest room, the early sun shone brilliantly across the wooden floor, revealing an area that I did not sweep the last time I cleaned in there. OK, maybe it hadn’t been swept or dusted properly in a long time, but goodness, that many cobwebs?? The pint-sized rocker that holds my Grandma Gladys bear doesn’t need a lot of attention, but obviously it needs more than its getting.
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Now as you sit there judging me, know this: you too have some hidden cobwebs in your house. If not in your house, check closely into your life. We tend to overlook certain areas that we don’t even think twice about, or believe they need any attention. As a result, we just let it go. We don’t think anyone will notice, so why bother? But these things do need us to sweep, to clean, to dust, or to get rid of altogether.
What areas of your life are you overlooking or ignoring? Is it your spending habits? Are your purchases pleasing to God? Is it your time spent watching TV or shows on your phone? Is what you watch pleasing and acceptable to God? Is it how we speak to our spouse or children? Are our words said to them pleasing and acceptable enough to speak to God as well?
“Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,..”
It is especially important that we take the time to do a more thorough job of cleaning our temple, our hearts and our minds, so that what we say and do is up to par for the Lord to reside there.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
Food for thought: Those cobwebs are made by a spider crawling freely in your home. Then the spiders multiply. The best way to rid your home of unwanted pests is to regularly spray for them to be gone. The same can be said of your spiritual home: to keep the pesky thoughts away, regularly go through each room, disinfecting and cleansing anything that would infest your heart and mind.
Fun facts: Did you know that cleaning your house can burn 200 calories in just 2 hours? I’ve gotta go – gonna sweep and dust to burn some calories!
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Cobwebs under the Toy Rocker