I received a negative review on Amazon the other day.
The person who wrote the review concluded by writing, “messiness is not a moral issue.”
I agree. Mostly.
Sometimes, in the details of the mess, there could be some moral issues at hand, perhaps? Could there be a sin of laziness stemming from selfishness? Could there be a wall in your heart towards cleaning because of a fear of being taken advantage of by those around you? Maybe you covet another life, and therefore resent that you “have” to clean? All these issues have a root of sin.
I think we should pull back the curtains of our heart and find out what is there. Are we lazy, or just tired? Being tired is not a sin! We need to be willing to be vulnerable and understand our strengths and our limitations; our sin issues and our bents. Whether you like to clean or don’t, whether you are good at it or not, doesn’t really matter. What matters is the heart.
Do you have a sin issue or a core lie you need to ask God to help you to deal with when it comes to your attitude towards taking care of your domain? If so, then perhaps messiness is a moral issue for you.
For many of us I think we just get wrapped up in the “you shoulds” and the “you shouldn’ts” and we forget to ask God, “Lord, who do you say I am? What do you say when it comes to caring for my domain?” We need to approach the throne of grace if we are going to walk in grace and be instruments of grace; we need to be open to be healed…or corrected.
You may be a messy person, and that may or may not be a moral issue for you. I’m asking you to ask God today if their is an issue that you need to confront, or if you are just messy and need to persevere while not beating yourself up for who you are.
Cleaning is just a detail. I don’t care if you are miss super cleaner lady or miss messy pants, your cleaning personality has nothing to do with the identity of your soul. So whoever you are, wherever you are, let the details lead you to the state of your heart. I’m saying, let the care of your domain come from a heart that overflows with love. Clean and maintain your domain in order to push back the chaos and offer a place of rest and peace. Let it all be from the heart.
And from the heart, a redeemed heart, we can really love well.
By Sarah Mae, Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
Photo Credit: Thankful – Heart and Home