Throughout the week I typically have a variety of activities and household chores I try to take care of before I head into work in the evenings.
The first sunny day of the week is when I usually mow the lawn. I'll spend two to three hours on the mower and then trimming weeds around the house.
The next day, I'll usually spend about the same amount of time writing this column. If I'm focused, I can usually get it done pretty quick. But if I let myself get distracted, it could end up taking all morning.
After those two days, I'll try to find some time to walk around town and get those steps in on my Fitbit. I'll then follow that up with a trip to the grocery store since I'm already out and about.
Finally, at the end of the week, I'll spend that on chores inside the house. By that point, lots of jobs will need tended to, and so it's a good time to spend the morning and early afternoon knocking it all out.
The laundry basket will be full of laundry that needs to be washed. Likewise, the sink will be stacked with dishes that either need to be scrubbed or placed in the dishwasher. We'll also have our fair share of dirt that our dog and our shoes have tracked in, as well as other pieces of debris that end up on the floors and counters.
So on days like that, you'll see me sweeping and vacuuming in between loads of dishes and laundry that need to be washed, dried and put away.
However, with my mornings full of these various activities as well as the routine chores that have to get done, it's often hard to get motivated to do the deep cleaning a home needs.
Duties like mopping the floor, dusting the baseboards, and scrubbing all of the crevices in the bathroom often get neglected. They require extra work and, frankly, they don't feel as important as making sure we have clean clothes to wear and clean dishes to eat with.
For a while, I can walk by a tiny bit of dust and grime here and there and not pay it any mind. But as I continue to ignore it, it all builds up more and more. I'll still procrastinate and tell myself I'll clean it when I have time, but in the back of my mind, I know it's there. Then finally, it will get so bad that I know I have to make it a priority.
My daily walks and other household chores will get placed on the back burner for a few days so I can finally do some serious cleaning.
This was actually the case a couple of weeks ago when I had really started to notice some things that needed cleaning. I knew with the holidays coming up that this might be the last free chance I get for the rest of the year. I also like having everything in decent order before we start to decorate so that we aren't sweeping things under the rug in order to make room for our Christmas tree.
God acts in a similar way by showing us whatever it is in our hearts that needs to be cleaned up. God reveals every little crack and crevice we've tried to cover up in order to show us what condition we really are in.
But God doesn't just show us what needs to be cleaned, he helps us clean it all up too.
God can sweep away every crumb of un-forgiveness. God can bag up and carry out the rubbish full of anger. And God can vacuum up every speck of hurt and sorrow.
Then finally, God can use the perfect disinfectant known as the blood of Jesus Christ to scrub away any residue of bad memories that are holding you back.
Psalm 139: 23-24 says, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
It glorifies God to see you beautiful, joyful, rejoicing and clean on the inside. Take the time to let God show you the hidden places in your heart and let him clean house like only he can.