There’s something about this weather that puts me in the mood to deep clean and organize my house. Otherwise known as spring cleaning. This was a tradition instilled in me since I was a young child. Though, this practice has been around for hundreds of years and common in many cultures.
There are known health benefits to spring cleaning- both physically and psychologically.
I’ve always supposed my, or my family’s, physical health to be compromised by allergies or asthma during this time of the year. When, in fact, we have become victim to the effects of toxins and pollutants in our very home. “Even the Environmental Protection Agency admits that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the outdoors. If the average person spends up to 90 percent of their time indoors, we are breathing in dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, bug skeletons, and toxins…”- The Huffington Post. Probably makes you want to stop reading this and go clean, right? Clearly, a deep-cleaning would benefit our physical health in a mighty way.
Organizing and de-cluttering create avenues for psychological benefits. To name a few, having less stress, gaining focus, and receiving a positive mindset are included. When relieving my home of unnecessary things by trashing or donating, I feel as if I’m embarking on a new beginning! Sounds cheesy, right? But, think about it… as they say, ‘out with the old and in with the new’. When we get rid of the old, we also rid ourselves of sometimes meaningless connections that come along with it. When we organize to make room for the new, we are preparing the way for creating more meaningful connections.
Now, imagine all the benefits that could come if we would do a little “spring cleaning” in our hearts.
Over time, some toxins and pollutants make their way into our hearts. Maybe as a result of lifestyle choices, relationships with certain individuals, or idolizing events or objects over God. Dirt and grime don’t necessarily come into our home in just one day. The same occurs with our hearts. Over time, these contaminants slowly take over. Clutter builds up and we become unorganized in our daily walk with God. It may be that we no longer give God control of our heart or designate Him as our first love.
Our hearts could use some deep cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering. We will definitely receive both physical and psychological benefits in doing so.
First, we need to place God upon the throne of our heart. He should always be our number one. Giving Him precedence over everyone and everything with our utmost love. As 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT) proclaims, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.”
Next, we should ask God to show us what toxins and pollutants need to be removed from our hearts. Allow God to conduct a deep-cleaning. “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.”- Proverbs 14:30 (NLT).
Finally, we will definitely have to choose to abandon some things. We must get rid of the meaningless old clutter, and allow God to replace it with His more meaningful connection to our hearts. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”- Proverbs 4:23 (NLT).
I feel a good days worth of cleaning coordinates well with opening up my windows to let fresh air and sunshine in. Let’s choose to open up the windows of our hearts. Allow the very breath of God to rejuvenate you, and His Son to shine within you!
“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”- Job 33:4 (NIV)