Good Cleaning

I’m weird.

OK… I’m weird for a number of reasons, but the one I want to write about today is my love for cleaning. I love to clean and organize my house, my office, the church… and anywhere else I spend time.

Cleaning forces me to prioritize (what will I save? what will I throw away?). Cleaning forces me to organize (where will I put it? where will I find it when I need it?). Cleaning uncovers many things lost or forgotten (favorite photos, good books, money!) And the end result is satisfying: peaceful, spotless, order.

Jesus had a lot of wise words about faith and life that had to do with cleaning. When criticizing the religious leaders of his day he accused their normal behavior of looking good and proper and religious on the outside… but on the inside they were greedy, evil, and selfish. In other words… they spent all their time covering up their messes rather than engaging in a deep cleaning (like shoving your dirty laundry under the bed). In Matthew (23:25-26) he says:

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean.

Cleaning… therefore… can be quite a disciplined, spiritual experience. I highly recommend it!

Like I said, I’m weird… but in this case it beats being ‘normal’.