Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com
Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com

Last Wednesday our office took a day for “reset.” Basically, this time was our version of spring housecleaning. My space, at least, desperately needed a make-over.

I started from the top and worked my way down. The dust layered thickly on the tops of my bookcases. I threw out trash and re-organized my books, notebooks, and supplies.

My files – well, organization is not my strong suit. I found folders under the clutter that I had forgotten about (fortunately nothing urgent). Many items needed to be filed, and some just thrown out.

By the end of the day, order prevailed where chaos once reigned.

When I looked around my rearranged cubicle, I was pleased. Hopefully it will last at least a few days, but I am well aware of the law of entropy.

Unfortunately, I also tend to let my spiritual life drift into a mess. Not intentionally – I just get distracted and overly busy with – – busyness.

How does one do a spiritual “reset”?

First, take a spiritual inventory, sort through those files.   But sometimes I wear blinders and don’t see issues in my life that flash “warning” in neon lights to others.  Fortunately, there is a Helper:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!”  Psalm 139:23-24

Second, take out the trash.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Third, give control back to God – as the Psalmist wrote: “. . . lead me in the way everlasting!”

Fourth, keep short accounts. My space would be more “user-friendly” if I kept it organized. The office schedule now sets aside every Wednesday morning from 9-10am for a mini-reset. Spiritually, I have to do it more frequently than that.  Why?

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”  Isaiah 59:2

If I expect to have a close relationship with God, I must recognize that He demands a clean slate.  My life works better when I routinely examine myself, admit my transgressions, and turn control back to him.

Do you know what ‘trash’ is short-circuiting your connection with God? If not, have you asked Him to show you?

One thought on “Reset

  1. That picture says it all! Love your points–you really get right to the heart (and isn’t what this is all about?) of the matter. Thanks for the humorous look at a truly tough issue.

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