Spring Cleaning Inside and Out by Scarlett Stough

As winter is leaving with the daffodils blooming and the daytime temperatures getting too warm for even a sweater, I start looking for the warm weather clothes I hurriedly stuck in storage boxes to make room for those sweaters in the fall.

I scrutinize them for needed repairs. I try on ones I suspect don’t fit anymore. Reluctantly, I part with good clothes I have enjoyed, giving them to someone who can wear them. Even more reluctantly, I toss into the trash those raggedy items which have long outlived their usefulness. Then I have to decide what to do with the garments which appear to be in perfect shape, but are so out of date that no one wants them. These garments have hung in the back of my closet for fifteen (or is it twenty or more) years…And I still hang on to them. Some of them have memories attached to them so that the thought of parting with them is painful.

This is also the time of year we remember the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul counseled us to examine ourselves: “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup (I Corinthians 11:28).” We can do a sort-of inner “spring cleaning” as we go about our annual household chores.

Is there a relationship that needs to be mended before we offer our gift of gratitude and worship to God (Matthew 5:23-24)? Is there an attitude of pride that must be discarded to make room for the grace of God (James 4:6-10)? Am I hanging on to old habits that hinder the creation of new and better ones?

God does the sanctifying, but we have a responsibility to “test everything” and to “hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (I Thessalonians 5:21-24).”

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