Just like in a real home, cleaning and upkeep are important to your spiritual maintenance.
Posted in , May 15, 2017
For the past few years as I’ve driven back and forth to town from my home in the country, I’ve noticed a house that stood out from the others. In a neighborhood full of beautiful, well-maintained homes with landscaped yards, this house’s yard was overgrown with waist-high grass and weeds. Trees had fallen and been left to rot. Junk was piled up everywhere, and old vehicles that didn’t work anymore were parked on the property.
I always thought it was a shame since underneath the mess, it’s a nice house on a lovely piece of property. But a few months ago something dramatic began to happen. A new owner moved in. The old vehicles were gone, the weeds were chopped down, and the grass was cut with meticulous care.
In 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wasn’t a good candidate for chemo. I took tamoxifen instead and gave my trouble to God—just as Dr. Peale suggested in his book, "Thought Conditioners". Since then I’ve remained cancer free. -Guideposts Magazine reader
It became a different house because somebody cared and made daily efforts to clean it up.
The same is true of us spiritually. We think that others don’t notice if we miss our Bible reading and prayer time, or if we miss church on a consistent basis. But that’s when the spiritual weeds grow, when the neglect of our souls stands out just like that overgrown house.
I don’t want my life to be noticed because of negative things. I can’t help but think that when that home was neglected, it dragged down property values of the neighborhood. I don’t ever want to affect others because my life is a spiritual mess. I want to make daily consistent efforts to manicure my soul and remove anything that shouldn’t be there. How about you?