Spring Cleaning

Happy Spring!! Okay, maybe winter isn’t quite over but weren’t our recent spring like temperatures nice? Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus and in less than a week, we’ll begin our journey through Lent and Easter.

As spring begins to shows itself, I don’t know about you but I often find myself doing some spring cleaning. This might look slightly different for everyone but generally it entails the going through of one’s material stuff like closets and dresser drawers. It is a time to reorganize things making them look clean and new again.

About a week or so ago, I was assisting a gentlemen with directions around our campus. As we parted ways I wished him a good day and he replied with, “thank you and keep that smile, it looks good on you.” Whatever I was frustrated and holding onto in that moment prior to this encounter somehow seemed to just melt away.

I don’t share this to talk about my smile, but rather to share with you the thought that has followed since that day. What if I were to do some spring cleaning of the nonmaterial things in life? Things like how I spend my time and who I spend it with. Am I holding onto grudges and/or hurts? Have I forgiven myself or others for things that have occurred in the past? Am I treating others with the same caring, compassion and unconditional love God has shown me? Am I focused on the things in life that God wants me to be focused on?

I’d like to think I can answer “yes” to all of those questions but the truth is, I’m human and the answer is “no”. I’m not perfect but it’s okay because God takes my imperfections and turns them into something beautiful. One of my new favorite songs is “If We’re Honest” by Francesca Battistelli. The chorus goes like this:

Bring your brokenness, and I'll bring mine
'Cause love can heal what hurt divides
And mercy's waiting on the other side
If we're honest
If we're honest

As we begin this season of Lent, may we look into our hearts and be honest about what we see. May we bring our brokenness to God who makes all things new again.

Dear God, Thank you for the people that we meet in our journey called life. Thank you for loving us brokenness and all. Please help us to be open to cleansing our hearts, souls and minds and being the loving instruments we were designed to be. In your name we pray. Amen.

April Schauer

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