Tips and Scripture to brighten your spirit with God’s grace.
by Elizabeth Peale Allen
This is something we all could make use of, not just as a spring cleaning but maybe also as an ongoing “tune-up” from time to time.
The following steps are a condensed version of what Elizabeth Peale Allen shares.
- Scan for big problems you might have overlooked.
Take some time to think through the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2–17). Are there any you’re not living out fully? If you find you’re tripping over one of these, confess it—and ask God to sweep your sin away.
- Dust off your irritations.
Think of the things (or people) that annoy you regularly, and ask yourself if anything is going on in your own heart that contributes to the problem. “[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
- Consider the clutter of your days.
What could you fling from your life that’s cluttering your relationship with God? One TV show a day? A tidbit of gossip when you get together with friends? An indulgence that might be cultivating a spirit of selfishness? Look to the small things. The Bible warns us that it’s “the little foxes that ruin the vineyards” (Song of Solomon 2:15).
- Contemplate what’s lacking.
What we fail to do often depletes our spiritual health as much as what we do wrong. We want to be among those to whom Christ says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’” (Matthew 25:35-36).
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” (Psalm 51:10).
Respectfully shared by Chaplain Jim