By Kate Marquardt, CfUT Executive Assistant and Office Manager, WLC alumna 2015
With the sun out, crisp air on the horizon, and apples blooming to life outside, it almost makes me want to throw the windows open and deep clean the whole house before the storms of winter set in! And why stop at the house–clean the yard and cars too! The beginning of another school year always seems like an opportunity for changes and renewed enthusiasm in our lives.
Our spiritual lives often need a good cleaning, too. The cobwebs have gathered in the corners of our hearts and the windows are closed, blocking out the light. Certain sins don’t seem so bad anymore and we lose in the struggle over temptation every day. Our self-talk is negative and harmful. Easter celebrations remind us of our resolutions to have a daily devotion or our apathy in our prayer life or our chronic mind-wandering during church and bible studies. We need to be reminded of this every month, not just on Easter Sunday. It’s time to clean our hearts. Thanks be to God that he has done the cleaning for us at our baptism! His blood cleans the dirt of our sins—the apathy, the idolatry, the selfishness, the self-hate, everything. 1 John 1:7 puts it so beautifully, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Don’t hide in the darkness anymore–bask in the light of God’s love and grace. Walk hand in hand with Jesus and glow in the ultimate cleaning.