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The Secret to a Clean House

The Secret to a Clean House

Rev. Crystal March 12, 2014 0 comments
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The Secret to a Clean House
Well, today we have small group at our home, and I find myself cleaning before people will arrive. I had some dirty dishes, a load of laundry, and some floors to clean. I cleaned the other day, and started picking up miscellaneous stuff which had found its way lingering around the house. I started to think about the secret of a clean house, because if there is one secret I think I found it. The secret to having a clean house is to daily pick up after yourself, and not let stuff accumulate around the house. The secret is to clean frequently, so that you don’t have to clean everything in one session. I am notorious for letting my laundry pile up. It would be so much easier if I did one load every other day, but I still have not been able to get the motivation to do laundry more frequently (bad college habit).
While I was cleaning, I started to think about my spiritual walk with the Lord. It is easy to let everything go, and let the routines and busyness of life take control. It’s easy to get caught up in this busy life. Part of the challenge for me is intentionally noticing God, and creating space everyday for my spiritual growth. As a chaplain, I listen to people each day, and pray several times a day. I feel connected to God throughout the day, but I have to be disciplined each day to come before the throne of God and allow my cup to be filled by the wonderful presence of God. It’s not enough to be in the company of presence. I have to be in relationship with the savior.
I’m no professional when it comes to cleaning, and I certainly still have a lot to learn in life. When I think about how I can apply this concept to my daily walk with the Lord, I reflect on some of the struggles in my life. We all have struggles and sins which are in our life. We can often be selfish. As I leader, I want to be transparent, and tell you I am still and always will be growing in the Lord. I continue to learn about the importance of not letting sin build up in life. But getting rid of the useless sins which can so easily take up space in our hearts and minds is a discipline. I have to discipline myself each day to bring the focus and center of my life back to Jesus Christ. There is no other option. As a leader, this discipline is very important for my own spiritual growth, and for those I serve. How can I lead, if I am not being led by God? It’s not possible. It’s unrealistic, and hopeless.
Luckily, God continues to work with us each day. God is working in my life, and I am so grateful. I’m glad God never gives up on us. I’m glad God is constantly running after our souls, and nudging us to a closer walk in the Spirit. The secret to having a clean heart and mind is to constantly allow the Spirit of God to work in your life. It’s an everyday, lifetime event. It never stops. We keep walking with our savior, holding the hand of God, and pressing forward to our someday promised eternity in heaven. And until then, we need to keep a clean “house.”

Well, I still have a few loads of laundry to do, and I have to vacuum before group is going to start tonight.
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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