Ahhh. Spring. It's great, isn't it? I love Spring.
|This could be my backyard...if I actually enjoyed taking care of flowers. Which I don't.|
Thoughts of Spring begin when cabin fever sets in.
First, the list writing begins...first, I set my mind to something simple, like, "cleaning list" and it turns out into a mini book on all the people/things I forgot to do all Winter.
|I had thoughts all Winter...didn't I??|
Then I look up from all the papers and realize....everything is dirty. Maybe it's because I'm stuck inside the house more(writing all those list...), or maybe it's because the kids are in the house more(because they're tired of having to put on two or more layers because my mom brain is still not 100% convinced its Spring yet). Maybe it's seeing one too many "I'm sick!" posts on Facebook...or in the case of this year, I have had enough of our family being sick. Either way...suddenly, my house, in my eyes, looks like a pig pen and the Cleaning Hulk within comes out. I.must.clean.everything.
Thankfully for me, I'm not the only one who has this urge to clean. Online and locally, stores suddenly have cleaning displays, bold and colorful...and on sale! Stock up time, baby!!
|Cleaning Bundle...a cute bucket....AND FREE SHIPPING?!? I'll take 5, please!!|
|Feng Shui? *Pffffttt* Where's the fun in THAT?!|
|Library card, you're about to earn your keep!|
|So much to chose from, so little time!!|
|Okay, maybe not "Whoot!"....|
Crap. Did I idolize cleaning products? Did I take more joy in the children than the Lord? Were we "jamming too hard" in the car, that we were annoying people instead of pointing them to Christ? Was I a "stumbling block" to my fellow Christian brothers by revealing too much skin at Wednesday night Bible study? When is the last time I cracked open my Bible, my devotional book, at home...?
(The next morning...)
And..*gasp!* Bible devotions...I mean, AM I EVEN A CHRISTIAN ANYMORE?!
THAT'S IT!! I'M GRABBING THE EMERGENCY CHOCOLATE, EATING IT, LIGHTING A *few* CANDLES, AND GOING TO BED!!
|Light all da candles! Say all versions of da sinners prayer!!|
So...here we are.
Me, my Bible, a devotional. A cup of coffee, the silence of a new day.
I open my Bible...and take in the words.
I read the devotional, look back to the Bible...and tears stream down my face.
I am humbled. I am reminded.
While these things are great...they are not eternal.
These things are of importance to me...but they do not earn me "brownie points" with my Lord.
God gives me, you, us...he gives us all 24 hours each day for a reason. Any more, and we'd run ourselves ragged. Any less, and we'd complain even more about not having enough.
Yes, it's great to start the day with goals...but before our feet hit the ground, we should always check with him to ensure all our goals serve his purpose.
Does this excuse me from my duties? Nope.
...but, does it make me slow down, not seeing each thing as a thing to check off, but instead, something to do joyfully for the Lord? Absolutely.