A few weeks ago, I spent a Saturday afternoon purging and reorganizing my bedroom closet. It was long overdue and I was very pleased with the results. But as I basked in the glow of neatly-folded tee-shirts and shoes pointing in the same direction, I started to wonder how quickly the closet would deteriorate back into chaos. It wasn’t the first time I had reorganized it, after all. After a while my wonder turned to discouragement. In fact, lately I have been lamenting over other things in my life that I’ve tried to “clean up”—discipline with time and money, patience with my children, confidence and openness in relationships—only to feel like I never change for the long term. (Some of these lamentations may have been brought on by a certain birthday coming up this year … Maybe.) But just as my closet gets used every day, and isn’t going to stay makeover-new without constant care, my soul needs constant renewal. I can’t just check in with Jesus once in a while; I have to remain in Him in order to bear fruit. I also need to remember that God’s timeline for change is different from mine. God knows how old I will be this year, and He isn’t worried or hurried about it. He won’t be done with me, until He’s done.
Are you ever discouraged about your spiritual progress? What are your favorite mind-renewing verses?