Here’s what I probably should have said at the very beginning.
Having a clean house isn’t the goal of life. It helps free up time and energy for other things, and provides a nice environment to enjoy with others, but it doesn’t provide true fulfilment. After all, things get messy just as soon as they’ve been tidied.
Ultimately, a welcoming home isn’t a matter of how clean it is, but a matter of the heart. The hardest thing for me, given that I’m house-proud, is choosing to put achieving a clean before being loving, acting with kindness, and growing as a Christian. My home is a helpful tool but all too often it dominates my entire life.
I started this series because I’ve been challenged recently that worth and value aren’t to be found in the material things of life, or in having a clean house. Those things don’t ultimately satisfy. The state of my heart is much more important. If I have a clean house but an empty, broken, evil heart, what good is that? Thankfully, I I believe in a God who can give us new hearts and new life. That’s amazing!