Flourishing at home - cleansing ourselves and our bathrooms

Cleansing ourselves

I was thinking today about how I hate feeling dirty. The thought of lying around in the pyjamas I slept in is horrid! I just have to get my shower first thing.

And no one really likes living in a dirty house. I like to think as long as the place is clean, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little messy…!

It got me thinking that one of the classic metaphors in the Bible is about washing ourselves clean in a spiritual sense.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow… Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51: 7 + 10

The dirt and clutter in our heart might be selfishness, hate, anger, worry, pride – things that hold us back from living the full lives God promises us. And entirely because we try and do things by ourselves. All we need to do is ask that God gives us a new heart. The days I spend time reading my Bible or praying (or even both) I do feel like it’s easier to be patient and joyful. I just need to remind myself that I don’t need to strive to do this by myself!

Challenge

Unless you’re in the ‘acceptable’ only season (see this post from earlier in the week), we’re going to attempt a bathroom task today that normally doesn’t get done as part of your usual cleaning. For me that’s cleaning the floor. I can just normally turn a blind eye to the grim in a way the sink, toilet and shower all need done regularly. Maybe it’s the inside of your cabinet that needs cleaned and sorted. Or there’s mould on the grout (just me that gets to that stage sometimes?!) that needs a proper clean.

Give yourself 15 minutes and get the job done! And while not pray about the burdens on your heart while you’re at it!