Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Today I finally got around to doing a job that I have been putting off for months - cleaning off the front porch. Somehow it had become an extra storeroom - trashcans, flower pots, dead flowers in pots, bows and arrows, bubble pipe, seeds that were drying out, some chairs that need fixing, etc. Those were just the big items. Then there was the accumulation of dirt, twigs, stones, grass, and leaves.
I had my sons help move the various objects to their "home". After removing all the objects I was able to see all the dirt and debris that had collected on the porch - more than I realized. I picked up the obvious trash and threw it away and then started sweeping the porch clean. When the task was completed I felt a sense of satisfaction and renewal in some way.
I was reminded of the "dirt" that can daily store up in our lives. Unkind words spoken, an attitude, responding in anger or frustration, not taking the time to listen to a child, spouse or friend... I realized how important it is to daily go to God and ask him to clean out the dirt and cobwebs that are in my heart. I pray each day Lord, that you show me the need to start fresh and pure.