Have you ever done spring cleaning? I like winter cleaning. As the end of 2014 draws near, I am spending time to prepare my life to go into 2015. My office is organized—the old stuff on my desk is gone and there are new files and folders where I can file things away. For Christmas my wife Kim gave me tons of new socks, so I got rid of all of the old socks with holes, and the new ones are now laid out by color in my drawer. It’s a great feeling to be able to kick off the new year with everything clean, prepared, and organized!
The physical things around us aren’t the only things that need preparing, though. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Our hearts are the core of who we are. As 2014 ends and 2015 begins, prepare your heart for God to do the amazing in your life.
Guarding our hearts doesn’t mean that we close them off. It means that we allow them to be cleared of the clutter that’s gathered there and prepare it for what’s ahead. Too often we let the past hinder us from what lies ahead in the future.
We’ve all had challenges and troubles throughout the past year, and we’ll have more in the new year. But if we prepare our hearts and partner with God, those challenges will look different. By clearing our hearts and minds of the clutter, we can hear what God is saying to us.
God never promised any of us that our lives would be easy, but He did promise that He would be right there with us through every challenge that comes our way. But we have to allow ourselves listen to what He’s saying to us.
God created us to do amazing things for Him. He doesn’t want us to stay where we are in the old stuff—He came to make us right with Him and gives us brand-new lives in Jesus. It doesn’t mean that we’ll be perfect, but as we allow Jesus to clean us of the clutter and set us on a new path, we will be able to do the amazing things God has in store for us to do.