I always wonder why we wake up so early on Saturday mornings. It was 5:30 am for me this morning. A Safety Meeting at work, took my car to get washed, now I’m enjoying my coffee inside a Starbucks while watching a toddler interact with his father. This particular Starbucks has a drive-thru so I don’t know why I went inside this time. To start this writing journey God has placed on my heart over a year ago, I have come to realize!
He first caught my attention as daddy opened the snack platter and the toddler yelled, “Basketball”. He was referring to the hard boiled egg his daddy was holding. I had to laugh inside, but I’m quite sure the smile on my face told the story of the joy I was feeling on the inside.
It brought me back to a time and place when my kids were that age. It seems so long ago. But as I sat and listened to the two of them go back and forth……..” what does a dog say”, and “what does a chicken say”……..listening to the little boys cute sounds of each animal he was imitating, it suddenly didn’t seem so long ago anymore, it was yesterday for me.
It reminded me of the term “Spring Cleaning”. Let me explain:
For this little boy, everything is a new experience. For him, experiences are fresh and new as he experiences things for the first time. As we get older, we get so caught up in the same old, same old that we seldom make the time for new experiences anymore. We don’t get so excited to see hard boiled eggs like the little boy did. Maybe we’re afraid to make changes or decisions we KNOW we should, like starting an exercise routine, having a garage sale, or cleaning out our closets, things like that. We’re comfortable the way we are, even if it means we are miserable or unhappy. Why do we CHOOSE to stay in this rut, instead of making changes that we KNOW are good for us? It seems so easy to understand, it’s actually pretty simple.
Ladies, be honest, we wouldn’t hesitate to give our girlfriends this advice. And these days, we don’t even need to talk to do it. One cell phone and a few fingers and your text advice is on its way. So why is it so hard for us to implement this for ourselves? If it had something to do with our career or our kids, we’d be all over it. Making changes at the snap of a finger, making things ‘happen’ like we always do.
That’s what made me think of Spring Cleaning. It signifies a time to get our households in order, to get that fresh and new feeling again. We get those baseboards white again, add a fresh coat of paint to an office, open up the windows and let the fresh air in, and maybe get around to that garage sale we’ve been procrastinating about for over a year now?
But what about ‘Spiritual’ Spring Cleaning? What if once a year we took a step back to look at our own ‘inner’ closet? Is there something in your ‘inner’ closet that needs some cleaning this Spring Season? Is there someone that needs forgiveness? Could you be holding a grudge?
Spring time is a season of birth……..cherry blossoms appear, flowers come alive and the bears wake up from a long winters nap. Why not start your Spring time fresh and new? Make a CHOICE to experience something fresh and new today. Start your own tradition and implement your own ‘Spiritual’ Spring cleaning campaign this year.
I found a verse I thought fit perfectly with ‘Spiritual’ Spring cleaning.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7)
Start your ‘Spiritual’ Spring cleaning this weekend. Don’t wait!
Good Luck and Happy Cleaning!
Written by: Andrea J. Tomassi - April 9, 2011
Andrea (Andi), is an Author, musician, speaker and Founder of Transcended Ministries. She encourages women to rise above their circumstances and to trust in God's timing. She is involved in Celebrate Recovery and sings on the worship team at her church. Andi believes no hurt is ever wasted and she longs to bring a message of hope and healing as she shares her story of bold faith. Her story includes her struggle with control issues and co-dependency followed by a separation from her husband of twenty-five years. After a year of isolation and being on her own, she watched God bring transformation, healing, and reconciliation.