I am back in my office for the first time since January. It is the perfect
time to do some spring-cleaning. The new paint, carpet and blinds
won’t seem so fresh if I bring the same old stuff into it with all the
outdated files, never used desk supplies and general mess that was
Cleaning up is part of healthy nature. If we don’t rid our bodies of free
radicals, they can lead to cancer. Many plants are self-pruning in order
to keep the whole plant healthy and strong. We should accept the fact
that a healthy spirit also needs some spring-cleaning regularly. It is part
of our earthly reality.
In the process of re-sorting books and files I have become mindful of the
emotional baggage that is attached to some of them. I also realize that
some things that have little intrinsic value and may never find their way
into a sermon or children’s message are still important reminders to me
of grace and strength and community and so many things that have
been blessings to me from the past.
Summer vacations can also be times when we get to sort through our
lives and refresh our spirits. I plan on doing that too. Reconnecting
with spiritual mentors and letting go of spiritual free radicals that can
become cancerous are part of what keeps me as healthy as possible.
Hopefully we can all find that some spring-cleaning is not just a chore
but also a time for refreshing our environment and our lives.