Following our line of children around with …

One of my husband’s favorite cleaning tools is a shovel. Yes, you read that correctly.  If the basement gets too messy, he shovels all of their toys into a pile.  This is not my favorite method since I long for the children to put their stuff away correctly, not just in a random box.  This process is more challenging when there is a huge pile of stuff.

Thankfully our house has been more organized lately.  (Except for my desk and paperwork, but that is a WHOLE other story!)  Our kids are getting old enough that they are beginning to get the concept of cleaning up.  By themselves even.  Evidently we have put enough toys in time-out that they get that we mean business.  Most of the time anyway.

Even with all of the improvement, I am convinced that our house will never be clean all over at the same time again.  I think our place is just large enough to make that difficult.  We can achieve picked up and almost tidy.  But white glove test clean is an impossible dream.  By the time one floor is vacuumed and scrubbed, the next one is no longer that way.  Add nooks and crannies to the list, and we are done for.  Maybe this is why some people like to hang this plaque on the wall …

Cleaning your house while children are growing

Is like shoveling while its still snowing.

Every year I read through the Bible – since I am almost always done with each section in less than 10 minutes, this is really not all that impressive.  (Speed readers of the world unite!)  Anyway, I have a new appreciation for the book of Kings that I just finished.  (I started Chronicles which begins with genealogies – that is a bit harder to enjoy!  I digress … )

Basically the whole book of Kings is about different rulers and their exploits with the exploits of several prophets included.  Many of the kings were horribly wicked.  Their sons would sometimes see that evil and actually turn back to God.  Almost.  The kings that followed God faithfully almost always forgot to do one important thing.

1 Kings 15:14

Although the pagan shrines were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life.
They forgot to finish cleaning house.  By not removing the shrines to other gods, they were leaving open the option of evil.  While the start of godliness was there, they neglected to follow through on truly establishing that God is the true God and King.
1 Kings 22:43

Jehoshaphat was a good king, following the example of his father, Asa. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. During his reign, however, he failed to remove all the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.
I could post example after example of this step of cleaning house being neglected.  Unfortunately sometimes I can identify a little too well.  While my heart longs for God, my devotion can fall short.  While I do not allow the “big things” (adultery, murder, stealing, etc.) to enter my life, I never quite manage to address the “little things” (pride, jealousy, anger) that are creeping in and affecting me far more than I realize.  My soul may be tidy, but it is definitely not clean.
Maybe it is time for God to do a clean sweep.  Did you ever watch that show?  The host and crew would come into a house that was piled high with stuff and in shambles.  Two days later, the clutter is gone, the house is clean and life is manageable.  What would I look like if I let God do that to my life?  Thankfully He gave me this promise.

1 John 1:9

New Living Translation (NLT)

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

So may today we be all about having a clean house.  Especially spiritually!  The shovel part is optional!

One thought on “Following our line of children around with …”

  1. Sarah H.

    So true! I’ve been thinking a lot about that one song which says that with one hand you pull God close and with the other you push him away. Wondering about the areas that I’m not letting God in, so He can do a thorough cleaning. 🙂


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