ENERGY FOR LIFE the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks
THE BENEFITS OF A SPIRITUAL SPRING CLEANING
what the heart is full of.”
4. DUST It amazes me how quickly dust and dirt can build up. If left unattended, layers will start to form. The same is true of our past. Mistakes are meant to be learned from and let go of. If you find yourself dwelling on a past mistake, get out the dust cloth, show yourself some
by Melissa Fletcher, Spiritual Care Advisor, POET
grace and wipe the layer clean before it begins to settle.
It’s time for some spring cleaning! This is the time of year to freshen up the house and put things back in
5. BUFF AND SHINE
order after a long winter. But did you know that our
Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces
spiritual life also deserves a good spring cleaning? How
this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience,
do we even begin to spring clean our spiritual life? You
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
can start with this easy checklist:
self-control.” Once our spiritual lives have a time of
1. DECLUTTER AND TAKE OUT THE TRASH Isn’t it amazing how much extra stuff we end up
refreshment, we can once again enjoy the Fruit of the Spirit and become an encourager to someone else, demonstrating love and compassion to those around us.
collecting over the years? The more stuff we have, the more burdensome it becomes. The same is true
in our spiritual life. Too much distraction can put a
Everyone has a junk drawer. When we organize
damper on your own spiritual growth. Learning to set
spiritually, we allow the Holy Spirit to fill in the spaces
boundaries and knowing when to say “no” can bring
and build our lives. When we allow God to help us
you numerous benefits. Then, once you have started
prioritize the things that matter most, our lives become
to box up those “extras,” be sure to take out the trash,
healthier and more productive for building the
rather than shifting them around inside your spiritual
Kingdom of God.
space. This spring, as you clean your house, be willing to do
2. SCRUB AND SANITIZE
a spiritual cleaning of your life as well! You will soon
Over time, our attitudes and behaviors can become
find yourself feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Let
sour from the environment that surrounds us. It’s
the cleaning begin!
important to be intentional about cleaning up our thoughts, words and actions. I like to do the P48 Test. Philippians 4:8 says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Always pause and consider your thoughts and motives before you act on them.
3. VACUUM Have you ever tried to do a quick clean-up job before company comes over and find yourself stuffing things in the closet or sweeping loose items under the rug? This may work for a temporary fix, but the pile will continue to grow over time. This can also happen when we allow resentment, anger and bitterness to pile up in our heart. So get out the vacuum and suck up these things so your heart can be clean. Luke 6:45 says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of