Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Messy Place Part 2

So I spent much of the day yesterday cleaning the heart of our home, the fireplace room. From there I went to the dining room table. The gathering place for all things clutter in our home. I spent a great deal of time sorting through the mess and it is better but it is not near as neat as the first room we worked on.

This morning I got up and went into 'the big room'. The big room is where we spend the time when we are not in the fireplace room. Now if you think the fireplace room was a mess and the kitchen table was cluttered, you should see the big room. Yikes! I seriously think it is beyond help. There's so much to do. Where do you start? It seems the only way that room can ever be cleaned is to do what they do on those TV makeover shows. Take EVERYTHING out and only bring back in what needs to be in there. Oh, well, maybe next weekend I can attack at least part of it.

The fireplace room to me is like our heart. It seams easy to give your heart to our Loving Lord. To let Him wash your heart and make it clean and new again.

The big room is like our mind. We have so much junk in our minds, don't we? We get 'junk' from the radio, TV, co-workers, politicians, books, movies, billboards, and more. In our minds, we try to work things out our way. Our mind is where our self-centeredness lives.

So what do we do? Do we try to keep a clean heart without uncluttering our mind? Do we think that one can be clean and holy without the other one also being clean? Do we give up completely because we want to keep our minds for ourselves and just give God our heart?

Our Loving Lord requires all we are and all we have. It's all His anyway, right?

Will you invite our Loving Lord to come in and clean you from head to toe? Will you let him take out all of the junk and replace it with His will and His ways?

Psalm 51:10 (NIV): Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Romans 12:2 (The Message): Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

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