Before I begin there’s a disclaimer I must make, the title picture of this post is not an accurate portrayal of my desk right now (it’s not even my desk lol, it’s a stock image guys I confess) but alas I’m going to get there y’all. For most of us, we’ve been living in a home with our parents, till we move away for school or other life stages. Some of us return home after school whilst others leave the nest and live with roommates or on their own. Whatever your position, I believe that at this stage we need to work on the cleanliness of wherever we call home, NOW, not leaving it up to parents or whoever cares. Last week I told you about the concept of only becoming more of what you are in marriage. This will also be the same for your personal stewardship of your environment. I’m guilty of sometimes being complacent in this area. Fix up Milly lol.
The late philosopher and scientist Sir Francis Bacon. In Advancement of Learning (1605) he wrote, “Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.” (Got Questions.Org) This idea was later used in the form some people use today almost two hundred years later (1791), by John Wesley in one of his sermons. Wesley wrote, “Slovenliness is no part of religion. Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness.” This statement does not appear in the bible and puts a grievous amount of focus on the outward appearances of body or places. Whilst outward appearances might be pleasing to the eye it is far more important for the heart of a person or place to be cleaned. God looks at the heart: Inwardly. Through Jesus Christ we are sanctified and through repentance, our hearts are cleaned not through striving to keep up appearances.
But I do believe that the Bible supports cleanliness and also from a scientific perspective it has been shown in various studies to have some benefits for cardiovascular health and psychological well being, I mean haven’t you noticed how cleaning up and organising makes your home feel peaceful and your mind can focus again. We were not made to live in filth, I am convinced. Our lives crave order it’s just how we were designed, even in our bodies every cell has an order, and we see the effects of what happens when a single cell goes out of place.
Proverbs 31:27English Standard Version (ESV) 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
“All things are to be done decently and in order”
I want this to be my motto when I think about cleaning the spaces that I touch. However, I don’t believe that it is left solely to the women to have a role at doing household duties as these should be shared amongst man and woman, given the varying jobs and lifestyles we have today. But that’s another discussion. I want to have a home which is decently kept and in order, a place that is a welcoming haven for my future family to come home to. I can work on developing that atmosphere even now and make it a habit. But I’ll have to make it fun, I put on my favourite worship music and sing along, or sip some coconut water as I do whatever will make the occasion that much more enjoyable and above all think about the outcome rather than the chore.
So I decided to really crack down on my cleanliness and get consistent with my regime. De-cluttering, clearing, cleaning, and organising on a regular basis, consider it my Cleanliness Challenge. Click the link below to check out my calendar for ideas so you too can get to cleaning.
I hope you’ll join this clean journey with me 🙂