“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning; and rend your hearts, and not your garments.” Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and repents of evil. – Joel 2:12-13
spring cleaning is the season of the year when we focus all our energy into cleaning our house, top to bottom, room to room, corner to corner. the purpose is to put order where there is disorder. simplify the complicated. eliminate clutter. give up excesses.
the first step is to stop and take a closer look of what had accumulated over the year. then plan up a strategy on which stuff stays and which should go. organize whatever is left. then it’s time for the main task.
to execute the strategy, it’s helpful to assemble an army of tools (vacuum, dusters, rags, trash bags…) and products (baking soda, vinegar, polisher, glass cleaners…) to carry out the job easier and faster. after all is done, it’s almost like you just moved to a new and better home! and we all know how that feels like, right?
our body and soul need spring cleaning too. and today, ASH WEDNESDAY, is the best day to begin. stop and take a closer look at ourselves. we would find beneath the surface all the negativity that had accumulated over the year – anger, frustration, despair, jealousy, envy and more. they are the clutter that need to be eliminated.
deep inside we also find dreams, hopes, drive, anticipation, compassion, inspiration. these we need to organize and put into their rightful perspective and at healthy doses. in this process of introspection, we discover what we had become. and to what extent we need to clean up.
when the home is clean and clutter-free, it is always fun and refreshing to live within. so with the body and soul.
today is the first day of Lent. Ash Wednesday reminds us that “By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19
and because we are just guests in our earthly guesthouses, might as well make the stay worthwhile and the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross for our salvation worth it.
Albert Pine once said “what we do for ourselves die with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.“