Mundane chores wear me out sometimes.
Making my bed
Washing the dishes
Sweeping/Vacuuming the floor
Cleaning the bathrooms
Wiping down . . . everything
And sometimes I ask myself, "Why am I doing this?"
Some experts on productivity and happiness have said, "The state of your bed is the state of your head." In other words, people who make their beds tend to manage their days better.
I truly believe in the "reset" moment, or the fresh start. When we set everything right again, we look at the clean slate, take a deep breath, and place one foot in front of the other.
At least I think that might be true.
What about our souls, then?
Acts 3: 19-20 states, "Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,"
Salvation requires an initial turning away from sin—an overhaul when Jesus forgives our sins as far as the east from the west and the old becomes new.
But does that make us perfect? I'll raise my hand as an example and say a loud, "NO!" My imperfections glare at me everyday. So, is it necessary to perform the chore of sweeping away the dust bunnies from our soul and shedding light in dark places after salvation?
When we are in relationship with someone, a tending of that relationship is necessary. We can't allow the laundry to pile up, the dishes to remain cluttering the sink, and the sheets to go unwashed. I John 1 explains,
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
I encourage you to take time and talk to Jesus. A helpful acronym I learned a long time ago is:
It's simply a guideline to help us remember our relationship to the Father and Son. Your prayers don't have to be eloquent. Just talk to Him, but remember there is a marvelous cleansing in what might seem mundane confession. Don't go there. Climb in His lap and whisper what He already knows in His ear. Ask Jesus to help you in Your walk. And then rejoice in the refreshing moment He promises!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.