Team Clean

Monday, April 23, 2012 Posted by Anitra Elmore

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Karneval Porz“Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere. Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share…” –Barney

Even pre-schoolers know that sometimes cleaning requires a team effort. Some jobs are just too big for one person to handle all alone. What seems overwhelming to one becomes a small task when two or three more are involved. Ask any kid you know, and they’ll agree that cleaning is easier when you don’t have to do it alone.

Why then, do we adults decide to face our biggest clean up jobs on our own? We have a community of “cleaners” surrounding us, but when it comes to our spiritual spills we resolve to handle the clean up all alone. We’re content to struggle with our mess and chaos when help is usually one “Can we talk” away. Blame it on pride, fear or an inflated sense of our own power—the bottom line is we often wear ourselves out on life-clean-ups that would be much easier with a little help from a friend.

Trust me, cleaning is faster and a lot more fun when they are friends involved, especially the kind of friends who don’t judge your mess, condemn you for it or add their own mess to the pile. I pray that you face your next round of soul cleaning with faithful friends by your side. If Barney and his pre-school fans understand the power of team cleaning, you can too!

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:16 NLT


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