Spring Cleaning Starts With You!

Spring Cleaning
Believe it or not, spring is around the corner.   This is the time that many engage in “spring cleaning.”  We might move our winter wardrobe out of the closet and start replacing it with our spring wear.   We may do a thorough cleaning of our windows, switch out our drapery, clean the yard, dust off the Knick knacks, or just throw away the “junk”.You’ll notice that even the makers of cleaning products ramp up their advertising around this time. 
You’ll even see PSA’s on how to properly dispose of pharmaceutical drugs or batteries.  We may not call it spring cleaning and we may even do it unconsciously but nonetheless we do it.  Some researchers trace the origin of spring cleaning to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the spring-time memorial feast of Passover. Whatever the reason, if you’re like me, you just feel better after you’ve cleaned (tired but accomplished).
This year, as you engage in spring cleaning, be mindful of the season you are in personally. Don’t let another minute of 2016 pass without sitting down, taking inventory of your life, and doing a thorough “spring cleaning.”  Hebrews 12:1 says, 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Ask yourself, “What am I doing today, right now, that is not bringing me closer to God or closer to the goals I have set for 2016?” Then, make a decision to stop whatever that is.  Lay it aside, strip it off! Don’t let it slow you down or trip you up.   Ask the Holy Spirit to help you!
Once you stop doing things that hinder you from moving forward, the next obvious step is to start developing new habits that add value to your life.  God has great things for you in 2016 and in order to receive them, you’ve got to make room for them by getting rid of the unproductive, unfruitful, non-profitable “stuff” that takes up too much room in your life.  Engage the Holy Spirit in your spring cleaning activities and ask Him to show you the things you need to get rid of.
Stop the unproductive activities, live intentionally, and make every moment of 2016 count!
– Maria Murphy