There is never a wrong time in our lives to spring clean our hearts. We should probably do so more often than once a year but since we are wrapping up our spring cleaning challenge I want to take some time to talk about deep cleaning our hearts. We all struggle with sin in our lives, maybe it is a bad habit that you can’t seem to rid yourself of or an unconfessed sin that keeps you from pursuing holiness in your life, instead you find yourself running from Him. Running from the Lord is never a healthy place to be which is why I think we should do some hardcore self-evaluation regularly.
Most people dread that thought of deep cleaning something. Emptying the fridge, purging the nasty old food, disinfection the shelves, door and walls take so much time and effort on our part that we often just continue letting it go. We do the same thing with the sinful habits in our lives. We justify our behavior. We justify our pride. We continue to let it go because deep cleaning our heart will ultimately reveal the nastiness in our lives. And who wants to go there? Not many people.
This idea of running away from God is why we have many many Christian’s who stopping going to church (you must read this post by Melanie if you have stopped going to church or know someone who has!) or have stopped serving in an active role. It is easier to stop showing up or to just show up for the preaching and leave it at that. We don’t want to put in the hard work of intentionally keeping our hearts lined up to God’s will.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself when Spring Cleaning Your Heart
Is there any unconfessed sin in your life?
There are going to be different sins that we all are going to struggle with throughout our lives. There are also sins that we partake in that we refuse to confess. We sugar coat them making them not seem so bad. For example, mommy anger. Hello. We’ve all been there. But it is so much easier to blame our children for our actions instead of dealing with this sinful habit (it all goes back to pride, mama’s!) There are habits that destroy our marriage that we let go unnoticed or we become justified in our actions and refuse to repent and turn things around.
Take time to do a heart check. What are you hiding in your heart, what habit are you letting run rampant in your life that you need to confess?
Do you have any long-term attitudes or habits that you need to address and change?
Our outward attitudes reveal our heart.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luke 6:45
Usually, our attitude becomes a habit that we need to kick. It is way too easy to focus on the bad and then before you know you are a pessimist. Yet the amazing thing is is that this truth is the same for positive thinking. When we choose gratitude we become positive people. Micheal Hyatt has a great post on this topic of pessimism. I love his advice and completely agree.
There are so many other attitudes that we can take on in life that can become sinful habits. Laziness, complaining, bossiness, you name it. There are so many out there that none of us are too good to fall into their trap. So what about you, what attitude or habit do you need to address?
What is causing you to lack passion for the things of God?
Are you overcommitted? Overwhelmed? Burnt out?
These may not fall into the category of sinful but they can steal our joy and passion for seeking God. As mothers, especially mothers of young children, it is easy to fall into the rut of the mundane. The mundane, daily, never ending tasks of keeping our homes can wear us out and cause us to lose that spark for the Lord that once burned strong.
I don’t think God ever intended us to go through life feeling this way. He wants us to enjoy His beautiful creation. He wants us to have joy.
What can you change in your life in order to recapture that passion you once had? How can you make time for your passions and things that encourage you to live with joy? Make time for those things so that you can live with passion again.
Like deep cleaning our fridge and our homes, there is a great sense of satisfaction once the job is done. You can sit back and enjoy a clean home. A beautiful atmosphere takes over when everything is in order. God has designed us to have those same feelings once we clean out our hearts. We can sit back and be still in His presence. We are able to enjoy watching God work in our lives in miraculous ways. Others enjoy the effect that God’s presence has in our lives as we pour out to others.
Your turn! In what way do you spring clean your own heart? What questions would you add to the list? Let’s talk in the comments below!
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