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Summer Clean-Out
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It has always been a summer tradition in my family to do a big “clean-out” of things in our house. We all go through our closets and drawers and look inside all of the boxes in the garage and give away everything we don’t need anymore. This “clean-out” process can take a long time, sometimes weeks at a time, because of all the things we have accumulated from the last “clean-out.”

I woke up early and decided to get a head start on my “clean-out.” I began in one corner of my bedroom and worked my way around it, creating huge piles of things to give away, things to throw away, and things I wanted to keep. I focused myself and with hard work got most of the room done before lunch.

When I came back from lunch and walked into my room, my jaw dropped at all the things that were in piles all over the floor and the bed! How was it possible that so many things fit in just one bedroom? And how had I accumulated all these things? I felt like just giving up. Feeling overwhelmed by all the things piled high in my room; I slumped to the ground in defeat.

​Memory Verse

As I sat there, a memory verse came to mind. I picked up my Bible and looked for it. “‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).

I stood up with new conviction and motivation to finish the “clean-out.” If God could clean me and make me as white as snow, then I knew that with the Lord’s help, I would be able to finish all of these piles and complete the “clean-out.”

We will often look at our past and think of all our sins and feel defeated by them. We will feel overwhelmed by our thoughts and actions: how can we go on after all our sinful ways? Isaiah says that God can forgive us of all our sins and make us brand new. Only Jesus can make us “white as snow.”

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