The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 11, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Doug Creamer

Thursday, April 11, 2013 — Last week during spring break I spent a lot of time catching up on my sleep. My wife and I also worked on a number of different projects around the house. Today I headed back to work and can reflect back on a productive week around the house. While there are other things that we wished we could have gotten done, we both feel good about the progress we made around here.

We found plenty of dust bunnies and cat toys hiding under furniture and in the corners of closets. We pulled everything out of several closets and went through things, making the tough decision that some of the stuff had to go. Where did all this stuff come from? It’s hard to let some things go, but it is nice to discover some empty space. There are still some closets yet to explore, but we are making forward progress.

We also got some things cleaned up outside. We both prefer working in the yard and we took great pleasure in working outside. All the butterfly bushes got cut back and we weeded the flowerbeds. We enjoyed doing the work together. We also took time to stop and appreciate the pansies, daffodils and the many flowering trees. Spring is finally beginning to wake up … and all the pollen in the air is getting our attention. You have to take the good with the bad.

The pile of yard debris is huge, but the yard looks lots better. The rooms and closets we cleaned up look so much better. Are we finished? No, but we clearly made a good dent in the spring cleaning around here. All this good work makes me wonder if there is ever a need for us to do some spiritual spring cleaning. Do our spiritual closets and gardens need to be cleaned out? I am afraid the answer to that is yes.

Sometimes God gets out his spiritual hedge trimmers and shapes us up spiritually to prepare us for a new growth season. That’s a good thing so our new growth will come out strong and healthy. Other times God gets out his chain saw because it is time for us to grow a whole new way. Maybe you have been working in the nursery and God is opening a door for you to work in the children’s Sunday school classrooms. Maybe you have been leading a home group and God is opening the door for you to become an elder. Sometimes God is changing the direction in our spiritual lives and He has to do some reshaping of our spirits.

Sometimes God has to do some cleaning out of our closets. I am not suggesting that we have hidden sin that needs to be dealt with, but that could certainly be the case. I am suggesting that sometimes our thinking about God and His ways needs attention. The longer we walk with God the more we learn about Him. We mature in our thinking. For that to happen we have to clear away our old understanding of God and His ways to make room for greater revelation.

God is all about growing our faith, understanding and our relationship with Him. He wants to get to know us and He wants us to get to know Him. None of us knows all of God’s ways because they are mysterious. We do not know the things He has planned for our lives but if we seek Him and spend time with Him we can learn about Him and His ways. God wants to clear away misunderstandings to make way for a deeper relationship.

God loves us and wants us to grow. He will clean out our lives to make more room for Him. God wants to cut away the dead stuff to make room for spiritual growth. He will open doors and provide opportunities that will stretch us so we will have to lean on Him. The closer we draw to God the more God can clear away things that are keeping us from a deeper relationship with Him. Growth comes from intimacy with God.

I want to encourage you to draw closer to God and allow Him to do some spring cleaning in your life. He will cut away things with the most care because He envisions new growth. He sees things in you and imagines possibilities that you haven’t considered. Will some of the things He takes away hurt? Yes, but the new things He gives you will be far better. It’s time to trust the Lord and let Him do the spring cleaning.   

Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is located at Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email