Like Father Like Son

Anytime I spend time with my Pap in Evans City, he usually tells me the same story about my Dad.

 

When my Dad was younger, he’d spent most Saturday mornings going through the same routine. He’d move everything out of his bedroom and into the hallway, give his room a good cleaning, and then move everything back in. My Dad has 6 brothers and sisters and they grew up in a home with 4 bedrooms, the same home my Pap still lives in now. Therefore, many of the kids, at one point or another, shared a bedroom. My Dad’s brother wasn’t as fond of cleaning as my Dad was.

 

To be fair, I don’t blame my uncle. Normally, people don’t empty their bedroom to clean it every weekend.

 

As I grew up, I saw first-hand how intentional my Dad was in completing every task at hand, just as meticulously as he did when he would clean his childhood bedroom.

 

I inherited many of the same tendencies as my Dad.

 

To be completely honest, nothing brings me greater joy than gutting a room in my house, cleaning it, and then rearranging the furniture. I do this about every 6 months and love every second of it.

 

But instead of looking at this just as a weird OCD sort-of behavior, let's take it a step further.

 

Take a second and think about yourself.

 

Consider each aspect of your life as a specific room in your house.

 

For example, your relationship with your wife could be the living room, your relationship with your kids could be your dining room, your work-life could be the home-office.

 

When was the last time you took everything out of those rooms, gave them a deep clean and then rearranged the furniture?

 

A feature that all human beings share is growth. We weren’t created to stay the same for our entire lives.

 

We’re meant to grow. Not just physically, but mentally, relationally, and spiritually.

 

We will experience growth until the day we leave this earth. However, growth won’t happen unless we truly examine ourselves every so often and determine which areas of our lives need a little updating.

 

When was the last time you took everything out of those rooms, gave them a deep clean and then rearranged the furniture?

 

My Dad and I probably did it last week.

 

Keep singing,

 

Chris

 

Proverbs 16:9

Chris Jamison