Good Morning! It’s a good day to sleep in and cuddle with a cup of warm tea here in New York. This weekend, the high was only about 65 degrees and it’s been dreary and rainy. I used to hate days like these, being stuck inside. But something has changed and any excuse to stay in my pj’s and read a book all day is much welcomed.
Something I’ve started doing on weekends as my “refresh” regimen is doing a facial mud mask. It’s a funny concept but, somehow putting dirty mud on your face, letting it soak in for a little bit and then washing it off is so incredibly refreshing! How ironic, I place the mud on my face and get dirty before getting clean.
My routine usually goes something like this…wash my face, put my face over a bowl of steam to open up all the pores, place the mud all over my face (obviously not my eyes and mouth), letting it sit for about 30 minutes, and then washing it off with warm water and a washcloth. If you’ve never tried a mud mask, I highly recommend it…super refreshing!
Today I don’t want to try to convince you to use a mud mask, though. I want to convince you to look deeper than the dirt on your face that needs to be cleaned and instead to look into your heart.
"Wash me from all my iniquity and cleanse me from all my sin." -Psalm 51:2
I’m not always good at recognizing the dirt in my own heart. I like to look at other people and all the stuff they do wrong and need help with. I like to compare them to me and think to myself, “surely I’m not that bad, right” or “at least I don’t do that.” Satan wants for us to just look outwardly and judge others, but God desires for us to look at our own hearts and judge ourselves. When we finally realize how “dirty” we are, our only desire should be to get clean again! (Matthew 7:5)
I’d say that the hardest thing for me when it comes to recognizing the sin in my life is taking time to stop and ask the Lord where I need to be refined. I busy myself too much, don’t spend enough time in prayer, and make excuses for the way that I act when it is ungodly. I know you can probably tell that about me based on the past couple “Sunday Musings” I’ve published (____, ____, ____).
So, just like with my weekend facial routine, I need to recognize my dirtiness (sin) and fully accept my responsibility towards it. In other words, embrace the mud! It’s only then that we will be fully cleansed and freed from our sins and the weight that it carries. When we confess the mess of our lives, Jesus Christ is more than willing to step in and wipe the mud off. I mean, he already did on the cross…but it’s no good if we don’t accept Him.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." -1 John 1:9
What does it feel like to be cleansed of our sins and free from “dirt”? Such freedom! Such a lightness! The ability to live life without a care or worry! Doesn’t that sound incredible! If you found a skin regimen that was guaranteed to clear every blemish from every different person’s skin wouldn’t you want to share it with the world? That’s how I feel, guys. It’s that wonderful.
Last week I challenged you to join me in renewing our minds each morning. This week, I want to add to that and challenge you to take time while renewing your mind to think about areas in your life that need to be cleaned and refined. Our health is a wholistic process, one involving finding healing in our body, mind, and spirit. In order to be healthy in our spirit, we must allow the Healer to clean us and make us whole. To start, ask yourself these questions each day…
- What areas of my life am I afraid to share with the Lord?
- Why am I so fearful of letting Him take control of my life in that area?
- Am I judging other’s sins instead of judging my own?
- Who in my life can I share my shortcomings with for support?
Hope you have a great week!