Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Mess

I can’t believe I’m showing this picture! Will my house every be clean? Actually, it’s rather clean, but will it ever be picked up? It seems that some room is always a mess around here. Yes, we have 3 small children, but come on! I guess my home is like my life, there is always some mess in it! How can we eliminate the mess in our homes and in our lives? I remember when I was first engaged and I asked the discipleship pastor at the church where I was working if there were any good pre-marriage books I could be reading. His response, “no.”! He said that most books try to tell you how to get rid of the mess of marriage. But the reality is, marriage is messy! Life is messy! We don’t need to know how to remove the mess, we need to learn how to live in it. WOW. At first I was a little disappointed because I was looking for a cure all book to prevent any problems in my future marriage. But his words still ring true in my life. Life is messy, there is no way around it. But God has equipped us not only to live in the mess, but to thrive in it.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
So embrace the mess of your life and your home! Knowing that God is on your side and will bless you in the midst of it. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying settle, lay down and submit to the mess. Nor am I saying stop cleaning your home!!! I’m saying stop spinning your wheels, trying to have a perfect life and perfect home – you’ll never get it!) Gotta run, I am going to clean up one messy room today and not worry too much about all the others!

1 comment:

  1. Today at M&O our speaker spoke on contentment. Your blog reminded me of something she said, "I can step over it." Her aunt had come for a visit at her house when her children were little. There was a ball blocking the path to the couch and she apologized to her aunt immediately and she said, "It's not a problem. I can step over it." She recently called her aunt and asked how she was doing and at 89 she still replied, "I'm still stepping over it." I love that and plan to start stepping over a lot more things myself. :) Thanks for your blog!!



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