Every single time I sweep my floors, I think, “Didn’t I just do this?” Every single time there is a pile of dirt, crumbs, and dust that needs to be swept away. And, every single time it always amazes me how much accumulates in just a short time. However, with four small kids, a large dog, and two adults in the house, there seems to always be something! I know many of you can relate. It truly is a never-ending job. It is, nevertheless, a necessary one.
I’ve come to realize how much the floors in my house are like my mind. It seems as though there is always a “crumb or piece of dirt” that needs to be “swept away” in my mind as well. So many of us, myself included, let the world bombard us with all the negative that is going on, that we forget that those negative thoughts accumulate just like the dirt on our floors. Just like with floors, we must clean up our minds and thought life as well.
Your mind is like a vacuum: it will not remain empty. If you don’t fill it with positive thoughts, it will fill with negative thoughts.
Clean it up
When the floors in our house are dirty, we must do something to clean them. Our minds are the same. When we have a negative thought life, we must change what we are doing to get rid of it.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2, KJV)
Renewing your mind is another way of saying clean it up. We have to be on the offensive, not the defensive when it comes to what we put into our brains. Often times it is so easy to let whatever thought that enters into your mind to stay to be dwelled on. This is a very dangerous thing to do.
This is when the proverbial rabbit hole shows up and just like Alice in Wonderland, you fall into that dark place. Like the quote above states, your mind will not remain empty. You have actively fill it with what is good, right, and uplifting. This means taking action.
Do it daily, sometimes more than once
When I look around my kitchen and dining table, I see that my sweeping must be done every day. It is imperative if I want my house to look clean, keep ants away, and be an environment people want to live. Every life coach, fitness coach, business mentor, and pastor talks about how important it is to do the same for yourself.
Many think that the first minutes or hours of your day is the most important time to pour into yourself. I have to agree, although if this time doesn’t work for you, the second-best, is to make sure it happens sometime everyday.
The days that I’m up early, working out, listening to uplifting podcasts, reading PMA books, and studying the Bible, are the days that I’m more peaceful throughout the day. I’ve learned though, that skipping a day is not a good thing.
If my intentions and mind are not set on the good things every day, then the negative automatically creeps in.
There are also times when we have a lot going on. We are playing outside, in and out of the house multiple times a day. Or, it’s raining or snowing, thus tracking in a lot more than just the normal daily dirt. There are times like this with our thought life.
Maybe there is something happening that is causing more dirt to show up in your thought life as well. This could be a negative report from the doctor, a relationship having trouble or a stressful situation at work. These are the times that it is imperative to clean multiple times a day. You must have positive self-talk, podcasts, and 3 x 5 cards with scripture, confessions or truths to keep in front of you.
When sweeping isn’t enough
There have been times in my daily life that sweeping the floor isn’t enough. Maybe the kids, dog, or I have spilled something. Usually, it is something sticky, messy and takes more than the broom and dustpan. This is when we have to do some major scrubbing!
There are times in our life that something majorly messy has occurred as well. These are times when we have to break out the soppy water and the mop! This calls for a total overhaul in our thought lives.
Maybe you need to take a break from social media, turn off the television and news and only put good stuff in. This is when you fast, or completely take your mind back to ground zero and let it dwell on only the things that are the truth. Think of it as spring cleaning your brain. You are the only person who can choose what to think and clean your mind.
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (Deuteronomy 30:19, NLT)
Throw it out
When we are done sweeping up the dirt and junk from the floors, we throw it in the trashcan. This is much easier to do when at our house. The hard part is throwing away all the negative in your brain due to our minds holding fast to things. However, fight hard to rid your self of the detrimental, negative thoughts to be a more joy-filled, positive productive person.
The more you sweep and throw the dirt away as soon as it hits the floor of your mind, the easier it is to keep it clean on a regular basis. As we all know, a clean house is much easier to KEEP clean than it is to start from scratch!
Happy cleaning my friends!