Lately I have been doing a lot of cleaning. Not just the literal meaning of cleaning that one would automatically think of –like washing the dishes, tidying up your bedroom, and mopping the bathroom floor, but more of a self-cleaning.
Aside from the good, I have determined that there is a lot of unnecessary clutter and for lack of a better word, filth in my life. Can you relate? Maybe you’re keeping around or spend a lot of time with someone who only has negative things to say or you have a mindset that always gets in the way and stops you from making the right decision. Maybe you’ve been watching a lot of those crazy television shows, creating an envious and jealous spirit towards what is most likely a false depiction of how life really is for those on the show. Or maybe your emotions have been having highs and lows, causing you to binge eat on unhealthy food that only satisfy you for the moment before you begin searching from something else.
I can relate.
So I have decided to clean up my act and I want you to do the same. I have decided that I want a clean mind, a clean body and a clean spirit; ultimately cultivating and sustaining a clean heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalms 51:10
I am sure there is no easy way to do this and it has always been and will continue to be a challenge (just as it is when you are forcing yourself to clean out that old box of stuff that you just couldn’t bare to see get thrown away).
I say start by listening to your daily thoughts and acknowledging what’s constantly on your mind. Are your thoughts positive or negative about yourself and others? Are you replaying that same not so great song over and over again (you know, the one that has terrible, degrading lyrics, but you still like the beat)? Do you stay anxious, worried or find yourself judging people during first encounters? Now, it’s time to think bout what is causing you to think this way? What have you been listening to, watching or reading that may have an effect on you? Is it something you need to keep? Or let go?
Next, reflect on what you are putting into your body. Ask yourself, are these food choices making me feel sluggish or giving me the energy to live the life that God has given me? Maybe even journal your daily meals for 2-3 days and see where you can make improvements, what you may need to take out of your diet and how you can clean it up a bit.
Now that we have covered the mind and body, let’s discuss cleaning up the spirit. One thing I had to realize is that I desire to live in the truth –because to me, any other way only causes confusion. And to clean up one’s spirit, we must read and meditate on this truth; God’s word. That way when faced when sticky situations, we can use this truth to keep us from straying and to keep our mind and bodies clean as well. A clean spirit can fight all temptations because it will strengthen you to be much more conscious of all other decisions.
I want you to grab your Bible, pick out a few scriptures and reflect on them and what they mean to you right now, in this season of your life. Also, think about what I have shared with you and really focus on what you can do get rid of unnecessary things weighing you down. With a clean mind, body and spirit, I hope to take one more step closer to fulfill the purpose that God has for my life. So, are you up for a little self-cleaning?
2016 is just around the corner, so it’s time to make room for new opportunities, relationships and other things God has in store for us. Let’s clean up our acts; together.