Martha, Don’t Look!

I did some housecleaning on Monday. It was long overdue. Housekeeping is not my strong suit. The other day, one of the youths at church took a peak in my office and said, “So that’s your office . . . it’s kinda messy.”

My office, March 1, 2011

Some would say she was being kind. I like a clean, neat office–I even like a clean, neat house!–but I rarely get this. This is not my priority. If it were my priority, I would keep things clean.

I am more interested in getting something done than I am in keeping things tidy.  At least that is what I tell myself.

Is this a virtue? Not really. On the other hand, is cleanliness next to godliness? I don’t believe it for a minute.

However, I do know it is helpful to be organized. My spaces are somewhat organized, but there is plenty of room for improvement in that area, too.

Do I want to change? Yes. Can I change? Of course.

Cleanliness, and organization, may not be next to godliness, but I do believe they reflect some important values–like self-respect and care, and respect and care for others. So I am making a commitment to do better. I know I can. Help me, God.

Just don’t let Martha Stewart come for a visit any time soon!

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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