I don’t know how you feel about spring cleaning. I remember in my childhood, we always had a big Spring Clean, my mum called someone to help as we took up all the carpets and they were thoroughly beaten out, floors mopped up, curtains taken off, washed, every nook and cranny dusted, broken, damaged, or unwanted, useless items thrown out, etc. I’m sure you get the picture. It took much effort, determination, and self-control. Especially when it came to throw out the clutter that you got used to, and liked, but really had no use anymore and were just in the way.

Lent is a spiritual spring clean! It is the forty days before Easter when Christians remember Jesus’ forty days in the desert before he began his ministry and was tempted by Satan. Jesus spent that time fasting and in very close communion with his heavenly Father preparing for his public ministry. Inspired by the Saviour and following him many Christians spend this season focusing on their relationship with God, and by decluttering their hearts, minds, and lives of anything that could hinder their relationship with their Heavenly Father. It is a time for prayer, Scripture reading, self-examination and repentance, humility -and by God’s grace- transformation.

Lent, just as a spring clean, is not designed to make us feel bad about ourselves, it rather aims to make our lives lighter, easier, hindrance free to fulfil its purpose in God’s glorious plan. Lent is a time to clear space in our hearts and lives for God to work his purpose out. It needs effort, determination, and self-control.

I encourage you to use Psalm 51 as your guiding Scripture throughout Lent to come closer to God, asking Him to cleanse all the undesirable clutter from your life.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
(Psalm 51:7-12)

[from GV]

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