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It is easier to keep up than catch up

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Do any of these scenarios sound familiar:

Your pantry. It's a mess. It was once neat and orderly, but now everything you've brought in from the grocery and placed haphazardly on the shelves has left the pantry a confused place. You're constantly telling yourself, "I have got to get this pantry cleaned out".

It would have been easier to keep up than catch up.

Your clothes closet. Opening the closet door is depressing. Nothing is organized. As many clothes are on the floor as are hanging on hangers. Drawers are hanging open because there are too many clothes to shut the drawer.

It would have been easier to keep up than catch up.

Weeds in your flower beds and gardens. God knows it would have been easier to keep up than catch up! If you let it go too long, it may never get done.

Laundry. Laundry has a way of consuming your life if it's not done consistently. If you do get them all washed are they ever all folded and put away? You constantly wonder: where do all those dirty clothes come from? It is so overwhelming, you just run out and get new clothes.

It is definitely would have been easier to keep up than catch up.

The garage. OMG how in the world did the garage accumulate so much junk? Is it so full that you have to park your car outside of the garage?

It would have been easier to keep up than catch up, because catching up is so daunting. You have no idea where to start or what you'll do with all that "stuff".

What do all those examples have to do with life? With Christianity? The first thing I'm reminded of is that we are all creatures of habit and that's why things become a mess or stay organized. People get into the habit of letting things go and before long they are overwhelmed.

A disorganized life tends to become more disorganized over time. Anything left to time and chance is weakened. So it is with our spiritual lives. A spiritual life needs maintenance just like our cars or our homes need regular maintenance.

It's what mechanics call a tune-up. Everything in life needs a tune-up once in a while, whether it's your closet, your car, or your life. According to the Merriam-Webster's dictionary, "Tune-up" means: "general adjustment to insure operation at peak efficiency".

Are the lives we live running at peak efficiency or are we struggling to keep our heads above water? Life can throw us some pretty hard balls. They may knock us down and most certainly slows us down. That's why Christians need "general adjustment to insure operation at peak efficiency".

If life has cut you off from other believers; if it's stolen your energy and vitality; if it's pulled you away from Bible study and prayer, then, it's time for a tune-up. It's time to sit down and evaluate where we are and where we are going.

Are you where you want to be? Are you happy with how your life is spinning out of control? If not, then take time for yourself. Read a book. Listen to the Bible online. Watch the birds. Sit on your porch and meditate on the things you're thankful for. Don't let the world push you into a corner, away from God and peace.

We all need a tune-up from time to time and we only get it by finding a quiet relaxing place where our body, soul and spirit can rejuvenate itself. The Psalmist said, "He makes me lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul". When life is spinning out of control; when there is no order and no peace, then find a quiet place to let God restore your soul.

It is much easier to keep up than catch up. A little effort will fix a lot of disorganization.

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