We’re still cleaning at our house. I continue to be pleased by the calming order that exists in our kitchen cupboards, but I’ve been studying them from a different angle. After last week’s insert, several of you shared with me your craving for spiritual order. I was surprised to realize how many of us work to make sure our cupboard doors sparkle, rather than putting that work into cleaning up the chaotic souls within. And because we present a sparkling door to the world, everyone assumes there is harmony and order inside.
If you are in need of spiritual housekeeping, stop expending your energy on the outer surfaces. You don’t have to go through the cleaning process on your own. You are surrounded by people who will clean with you, pray with you, laugh and mourn with you. If you’ve shut the door tightly because the chaos frightens you, the idea of opening it and sharing what’s inside with people may be overwhelming. But you are not alone. God is with you, and His children – your brothers and sisters – stand ready to assist you.
Be bold and ask for help.
And if someone else’s cupboard door seems shiny to you, don’t assume that means all is in order within. That person might be struggling against upheaval with all their might. The expression on their face that you interpret as calm may, in fact, be exhaustion. Anger may have wedged their door shut so firmly that they believe there’s no way to open it and clean out what’s trapped inside.
Be kind and offer help.
Whatever side of the cleaning process you might be on, do not hesitate to take action. God yearns to draw us to Him. Let us work together to clear away everything that clutters our path and rejoice in a clearer, closer relationship with him.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”