A Clean House
by Julie Sewcharan
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Broom stood against the wall, beaming with pride. House will be delighted at the good job he had done. It was up to Mop now to finish the job so that the floors would be sparkling.
Indeed, once Mop had danced on all the floors, it was sparkling clean and House was delighted. He sighed contentedly! Broom, Mop, Scourer and Duster let out their held-in breath with relief and retired for a well-deserved rest. Once again, the house was clean.
Not long after they had laid down to rest, they came to attention as fast as bullets at the thunderous shouting of House. He was angry! They looked at each other in surprise.
Unsure of what had caused House’s ire, Broom was elected to find out.
“What’s happened, House?” Broom asked softly, trembling.
“This is disgusting!” House just repeated over and over.
“He is so upset,” Broom reported to the others in hushed tones, “that I can’t get anything out of him.”
“Perhaps Duster should try to find out. He always had a soft spot for Duster,” Mop suggested.
“That’s because Duster is a softie,” Scourer snorted.
Giving Scourer a “watch out” look, Duster attempted to find out the problem. Soon, she was back with some news.
“It seems that all our hard work was for nothing. No sooner had we finished, than the House became dirty again. Thoughtless feet dragged mud in. Dust settled everywhere regardless of how clean it was. Stains spilled all over the floor and tables. Grime settled over the bathroom tub and sink. There is dirt everywhere. No one gives a regard of how sensitive House is about being clean,” Duster finished with a sniff.
“Oh, well, here we go again! Our work is never done,” Mop stated gently. She understood how important it was to maintain cleanliness. “No matter how much time you spend cleaning, it will never be enough to keep the house clean. One always has to maintain cleanliness by keeping abreast of things,” she nodded with wisdom. “If you don’t keep abreast with the cleaning, you will fall into a deep bout of depression at the horrible state the house can finally set into.”
Soothingly, they set about explaining to House that people will unconsciously always dirty a clean house but its cleanliness can be restored again with a little bit of endurance and patience. They assured him that they were at his disposal to help keep the house clean and he could always rely on them. It was their duty to shoulder this burden with him.
House knew this was true. It has happened throughout the years and no matter how it upset him that he could not make the cleanliness a permanent fixture, he understood, it could be restored again and again and again.
No matter how much we sweep, mop, dust and scrub, it will be impossible to keep our hearts sparkling clean. Over time, the devil will send dust, mud, spills, stains, etc. our way but take heart; we are not alone in keeping our hearts clean.
Difficult though the job is, we can maintain clean. It is not such a daunting task, because we have each other to help us maintain a clean heart. But most of all, we have the most awesome power within us to give us the strength to maintain a clean heart; the power of an Almighty, loving, compassionate God who is our broom, duster, mop and scourer.
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Very good comparison. I remember when I was raising my family, once a week my husband would tell the boys, "let's go somewhere else or we will get Bon-Ami'd" (for those who do not know what Bon-Ami is, it was a very popular cleaning agent, much like Comet is today) I always felt so good looking at my very clean house at least for awhile. I truly enjoyed cleaning my house. On the spiritual side where our hearts are concerned I find the Holy Spirit speaks, 'this area of your heart needs immediate cleaning attention'....thank you so much for sharing this truth.