Spring Cleaning Anyone?
Spring cleaning. Do you remember it? Each spring, my mom (with the help of her daughters) took every curtain down and threw it in the washer. Every bowl and every cup came out of the cupboard to be washed. The silver was polished. The carpet was scrubbed foot by foot on hands and knees. All the trophies in the glass case were dusted. Even the walls were wiped down with hot sudsy water. There was a new coat of wax on each floor, a new sparkle on the glassware, and afterwards, a spring in your step as well. The house was clean and fresh once again. Winter’s grime was forgotten.
At the first church I served, Marie took the same care with the communion ware. Each item carefully cleaned each spring. The linens laundered and pressed; the candle holders polished; and all the wood of the altar given a coat of Old English. Spring cleaning.
Lent, the church season leading up to Easter, is time set aside to renew and prepare ourselves to appreciate the amazing life we receive in the resurrection. It’s traditionally been a time for a bit of a spiritual ‘spring-cleaning’. After all, the word ‘Lent’ means ‘springtime’. Just as a ‘spring-clean’ in our homes gives us a renewed sense of order and purpose, a spiritual ‘spring-clean’ lifts our spirits, sweeps out the bad habits and creates space in our lives for God. Not a bad idea.
I read a blog recently that suggested a ‘spring-clean’ for every room in the house that also doubles as an examination or reflection on our family life? You game? Are you willing to go room by room and do a little soul cleaning as well as tidying up your space?
Kitchen – We might ask, are we being good to the bodies God gave us? Are we making good use of our resources? Are we recycling? Are we giving to those who don’t have enough food to eat?
Dining Room – Recent studies have shown that when families have regular meals together, children make better grades, communicate better with their parents, have lower rates of depression, and get into less trouble. Are we slowing down a little so that we make together time a priority? Are we listening to one another?
Bedroom – Are we teaching our kids nightly prayers? Are we sharing our highs and lows of the day? Are we treating our body to its needed amount of sleep?
Playroom – Do we take time to relax and enjoy life and one another? Do you take a day off and rest and thereby follow the command to remember the Sabbath?
Family Room – Are we being intentional about our entertainment choices? What messages are our families receiving with our choices? Are we having conversations about the culture in which we live and how that does or does not lend itself to being a follower of Jesus?
Study – How are we feeding our minds? Does our reading and Internet-surfing habits help us to be the people God made us to be?
A good old ‘Spring-clean’ does a person some good. It’s sure good for me.
In Unbinding love,