Monday, April 9, 2012

Bathroom blues

I hate cleaning the bathroom!
There, I said it.
I hate it so much that I will find other things to do in order to put it off.
I know that if I put my mind to it that it would only take me a half hour or so,
but I don't wanna.
I mean, I am sitting here writing this blog...thinking about my bathroom...wishing that someone else would appear to do it.
But really, I don't want some stranger to see the mess and to clean up after me.
How embarrassing.
The longer I sit here thinking about all the things I don't want to do, the longer it is going to take me to do them.
I know, I know, but I don't like it, it's no fun, ahhhhhhhhh!!!!

I also know that when I don't maintain my home by keeping it clean and repairing things that wear out, I am just asking for trouble.
The longer I put it off, the greater the possibility that it could cost me more than time down the line.  

Could this be a picture of what being spiritually disciplined is?
No wonder it is so hard. 
It is repetitious.
Doing the same things over and over again.
Getting the basics down, the foundation of things,
can feel so monotonous and time consuming. 

From what I understand about being disciplined, it helps one to have a solid foundation. And, when one has a solid foundation, when something new or difficult comes along, they are easier to handle. 

Being a disciplined Christian does not mean I become a soldier who does not have a thought of my own.
It does mean that I will become well acquainted and proficient with foundational things.
The things that God put in place to help me be a stronger and more effective believer. Things like: reading my Bible on a regular basis, praying, spending quiet time with God, fasting, being in community with other believers, worshipping Him, etc.
All these things are ways to make me better, stronger and more equipped for the path that God has laid out before me.
They give me the nourishment I need to handle the struggles, the dry times and yes, even the mundane tasks I am required to do.

1 Corinthians 9:27 says it best.
But I buffet my body and make it my slave,
lest possibly,
after I have preached to others,
I myself should be disqualified.

I love, love, love how the New International Greek Testament Commentary puts it: 
"My day-to-day life as a whole I treat roughly,
and make it strictly serve my purpose,
lest,
after preaching to others,
I find myself not proven to stand the test."

My day-to-day life.... 

So, now that I have managed to put off the task of cleaning my bathroom, I really must go.

One last thing...
At the bottom of this blog you will find a place where you can sign up to have this pop right into your email box. So easy. That way you won't have to wait and wonder when I will be writing my next post.

Okay.....I am really going now!  

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