Ok. So I have a confession. Yesterday, as I sat in what passers by might’ve thought was a heap of rubble, I realized that my home had gotten so messy that I felt completely overwhelmed. Dirty dishes in the sink. Both sides. Stuff piled on the kitchen table. Dirty dishes on the coffee table, not to mention the clothes the ‘children’ attempted to put up, that never made it to their proper places. Welcome to our living room! Aka, the closet/dishwasher rack! Three (or seven) loads of laundry at the foot of our bed. I hear that a basket (or seven) at the foot of the bed is the new dresser! Y’all, our bathroom was so dirty! I promise I’ve seen convenience store bathrooms that were cleaner! Had I walked into someone else’s bathroom and found it that dirty, I’d think they were gross! I guess your own funk isn’t quite as bad as someone else’s funk. But rather than pushing up my sleeves, laying my ears back, and tackling the job before me, I just sat and stared. After having sat and stared for way longer than a person should ever sit and stare at anything, I did what any good wife and mother would do! I grabbed my purse and headed for Walmart! After all, I wanted to use a clean bathroom!
Y’all, please tell me I’m not the only woman to have found herself in this predicament! PLEASE! It’s like life gets in the way, and you go, and you do, and then the next thing you know…BAM! You look around and you’re in a mess that’s neck deep! And just as this can happen at home, when we choose to ignore our daily responsibilities, so can it happen inside our hearts, if we ignore our spiritual responsibilities!
Our God is a god of order, not of chaos. He created us for specific roles, and inclined us to do specific things. Now, I’m not saying that every woman loves to clean, and that our houses should stay spotless. I’m just saying that generally speaking women, by nature, are nurturers. And for those who have a husband and/or children, part of that nurturing is creating a welcoming, loving environment for the family. Well, I’m hear to tell you that unless you’re heart is spiritually clean?? There ain’t gonna be no welcoming, loving environment for nobody! It’s much easier for people to overlook a messy home, than it is for them to overlook a messy heart! That’ll preach! It stung just a tad, but it’ll still preach! Somebody give me an amen on that one!
It’s easier for people to overlook a messy home, than it is for them to overlook a messy heart. Ouch. How many times have I ignored my spiritual responsibilities and then treated my family hatefully? Or accidentally gotten up late, forgotten to pray, consequently shooting the person a bird, who cut me off in traffic?! Don’t judge! What do you think bothers your family more, dirty dishes or being treated hatefully? What’s more important, a few more minutes of sleep or spending time with God?
Maybe yesterday, if my spiritual life was in proper order, I would’ve thought to pray instead of just staring at my mess? Maybe, I might’ve stared at some scripture instead? And maybe if I’d done at least one of those things, God would’ve given me the courage, and the energy to have tackled such a daunting task. Maybe I’d even be nicer to my family, if my life, the part everyone sees, and the part they don’t see, was in proper order?!
Maybe a clean house and a clean heart go hand in hand?! Maybe our daily lives reflect our spiritual lives more than we care to admit. Sometimes though, you just need to look at it this way. If your house is too clean, you’re probably not spending enough time alone with God. It’s all about balance! At least that’s my stance! I hope y’all have a great, non-messy, orderly day!
Hebrews 10:22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.