One of the most satisfying and disgusting things in the world for me is to clean. I’m not talking a quick vacuum or Swiffer swipe. I am talking about the using skewers to clean out the lint trap for the dryer, scrubbing the bathroom floor on your hands and knees kind of cleaning. There is something cathartic about getting the funk out of crevices that have built up over time. In recognizing that you may clean the surface, sometimes you have to dig in deeper to get the hard to reach areas scrubbed sufficiently.
The same could be said for life. Often I clean the surface of my life, taking stock of this area or that area, but never going deep in some simply because I am afraid of what I will find deep down. Then you come to realize the funk you have been living in, and how it affects everything around you.
You have lived so long in the funk that it has invaded each crevice, moving slowly but pervasively throughout until your life is a toxic dump site. No one wants that for a life, and soon you see that no one wants to be around that, or you.
It’s time to spring clean the funk out of our lives. Each dark crevice and gap we find, the little nooks where things have piled up or been shoved aside. Let’s not allow our lives to be a hoarding life of junk and funk. Instead let’s recognize we each have to slowly and determinedly remove the funk from it. I know when I realized it, I had thought it had been cleaned out, but when you dig deeper you find the cracks hide the funk well.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Romans 12:3 (NIV)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31, 32 (NIV)