Spring is the season of new beginnings & a great time for a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our tattered lives & move forward.
Just as we clean & clear our homes in spring, we may need to clean & clear the clutter in our lives:
Easter is a time to contemplate costly forgiveness. Deep cleansing of our souls begins at the cross:
‘Where your love ran red
And my sins washed white’
Only God can truly clean our messed up lives when we ask Him to forgive us. And as broken people in a broken world we need to keep returning to our Creator, asking Him to create a clean heart in us:
‘Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.’
(Psalm 51:7 & 8 MSG)
*Seek God first
‘Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.’
(Matthew 6:30-34 MSG)
Don’t worry what others think, live to please the One who knows you best, & loves you most!
‘I live before the audience of One-before others I have nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing to prove.'(Os Guiness)
*Draw a line under what’s past
‘Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!’
Clear the mental clutter! Don’t over-think things. Let go of emotional baggage that’s weighing you down & affecting your present reality. Recognise what you can influence. You can’t change other people or circumstances , but you can change your own attitude:
‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.’
Make changes, for if you keep doing what you’ve done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve got!
*Banish negative thoughts
‘Be careful what you think. Your thoughts run your life’
We can dwell on God’s love, for:
‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’
(1 John 4:18 NIV)
If your mind is going to wander, camp out in positive thoughts:
‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.’
(Philippians 4:8 NIV)
*Trade cares with prayer
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
*Carve quality time with those you love
We need to be intentional to set aside quality time with friends & family. Someone wise once said LOVE can be spelt TIME
Rest before you get tired! Our Creator designed a weekly Sabbath, a day of rest for us to recharge. Our lives are built for a rhythm of rest.
‘Hurry keeps the heart earthbound’
*Demonstrate God in your corner of the planet
Look beyond yourself to what God wants you to do with His help.
‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Eph 2:10-NIV)
*Just do it!
Take steps to spring-clean your life today rather than someday.
‘You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.’ (Meredith Willson)
‘May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.’
(2 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV)