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Today, I found a ton of stuff as I swept the cracks and crevices of my house. I do light sweeping several times a week for things I can clearly see, but on Fridays, my family and I give the entire house a thorough, deep cleaning and organization.

I couldn’t see those items, but they were on my floor the entire time. They only came to light when I picked up the broom and used it in a focused and intentional way to do the job of reaching those nooks and crannies.

Good physical health starts with good emotional health and that ultimately stems from our spiritual health. If we want optimal health, we have to daily and habitually examine and clean out our spiritual home. When we work to restore our relationship to God, by extension our relationships with others become healthier. Jesus, as our example, loved us so much that He came to this earth and took our death so we could have an opportunity to have a right relationship with Him (John 3:16-17).

In our daily attempts to “walk” with Him, know God better, love Him more, and love others as He loves us, we don’t want anything—including us—to get in the way of that. When we knowingly get out of step with Him (Galatians 5:16, 25), we immediately confess our sin, ask Him to forgive us and consciously decide to stop breaking our relationship—like generally sweeping up those things that we can see; but what about those things that we do during the day that we’re not consciously aware of—those things that aren’t so readily visible?

The answer is the spiritual disciplines of confession and repentance. they are a wonderful way to daily renew your mind (Romans 12:1) and spirit and get you focused on experiencing God’s best in your life. But practically speaking, how do you do it?

Here’s a Four-step Process:

Get Serious: Decide to intentionally create some margin in each day. Deciding for God means deciding against other things.

Get Still: At the end of the day get alone, still, and willingly plead with Him to search and sweep you clean of all those thoughts, motivations, words and actions that, for whatever reason, you have been unaware of (Psalm 51:16-17).

Get God: Once God finally gets your mind calm, give God permission to do some deep cleaning with the broom called “The Holy Spirit.” Recite Psalm 139:23-24.

Get Busy: God will bring to your mind things that have separated you from Him or others; this may be a thought, a word or even an action; the one thing in common is that all of these things require a response from you. Remember, God cares about relationships—with Him and with others (Matthew 5:23-24). To follow up properly, it’s helpful to keep some paper and something to write with.

So today, I want to encourage and challenge you . . . no, I want to triple-dog dare you to give God the broom. You’ll be amazed at the you that He sweeps into view!

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