When a recent customer commented on this, it made me think about how many things in life seem perfectly clean, functional, and in order until we get a close look at them, or we expend a bit of energy to maintain and keep them up. We suddenly realize time has indeed degraded or crusted over what seemed clean enough from a distance. A lot of times we know what the condition of these items are, but we're afraid to really look close or even start to work on them because we know, the minute we get a spot clean, we will be committed to do the whole job, and we're not ready for that yet. Problem is, our job just keeps getting harder and harder which makes us less and less likely to get started!
Sometimes, though, there are "items" in our lives that really need attention, and that affect us greatly when they get neglected. In particular, things like our finances, our health, and relationships with important people in our lives or our relationship with God. We're afraid of what we'll see when we take a good look at those things and scratch a little dirt off the surface. We're afraid what's underneath will be ruined or unsalvageable. So instead by waiting we deny ourselves the possibility of actually receiving blessing from those areas in our lives. As it is put in Galations (6:7b) "whatever one sows, that will he also reap." The verse is referring to positive or negative seeds (deeds) being sown, but one may also gather from this verse that a lack of sowing will certainly affect what we are able to reap.
Another verse on that could be helpful is Hebrews 3:13, which says "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness." Most of the time all that we need is a voice of encouragement, the voice and company of a friend or family member to give us just that bit of motivation we need to get started on renewing something in our life that really needs attention. God also is more than ready to encourage us through prayer and reading his word, if we set aside time for him to work in our lives. What "items" in your life need a little "power" washing?! What areas of your life rob you of peace or blessing? If they seem too daunting to touch, who can you ask to partner with you, pray with you and encourage you? Who might walk that path with you? Who do you know that you could be that kind of a friend to?
Nothing is impossible with God...remember?! (Matthew 19:26) The Lord is in the renewing business!