I spend a good deal of my time working on this old house of mine. The reason it needs so much attention is pretty simple…lack of upkeep. I’ve walked through probably a hundred or more houses combining all the times we’ve house shopped…and I have never once walked into a well kept house and thought, “Hmmm, this house could do with a little more neglect. It smells a little too fresh and it’s a tad too tidy.” I’ve walked through plenty that I couldn’t get out of fast enough! Plain and simple, you just don’t get rotted out walls, cockroaches littering the floor, and busted pipes, because you’ve taken good care of things.
Most of us see our houses and our cars as things of value…we take care of them, because they cost a lot of money to replace. They are our status symbols, they represent us, and much thought is put into them. Too bad things of such little actual value get so much of our attention.
So, how’s the termite protection on your marriage going? Checked the oil in your attitude lately? When is the last time you cracked your Bible for the latest look at your insurance policy? Changed the filter on the temper this month? Hows the gratitude meter reading? Are the lights flickering with the relationship with the kids?
I know I don’t have to look very far to find cobwebs that need sweeping out, and maintenance that needs doing on the things of importance in my life. Sometimes the only house work I get done in a day, is to take out the trash. Not much of an accomplishment, I know, until you don’t do it for a few days. It can become a very important task rather quickly (especially when there’s dirty diapers involved)! If all you have time for is to “take out the trash” in the important parts of your life, find the time to do it. Say a quick I love you, give an extra hug, breath a silent prayer of thanks for God’s blessings, read one Bible verse for the day, acknowledge the things that matter. You might not have time for much, but it’s easier to do that little bit of up-keep now, than clean up the ruin of neglect later. Home maintenance is so much more important than house maintenance.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
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