One of the latest rages these days in diets is either “fasting” or “cleansing.” I am one who is an expert on diets, having gained and lost several humans over the years. I understand of cleansing the body and removing the impurities. During college, I spent several hangover mornings in the steam room with my teammates getting rid of the last night’s hops. In other aspect of our lives we also understand cleansing. We know how good a long hot and lathered up shower feels after a workout or a day’s work in the hot sun. We know how good it feels to walk into a neat and clean house. A washed and waxed car seems to drive better.
So it is only right and fitting to repeat often Psalm 51 – “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.” We all need renewal and strength to face the day and a clean heart and cleansed soul are needed to face its challenges, tasks, and disappointments. The burdens of the day, the stresses of life, the wounds of hurt feelings and cruelty, all clog the soul and our heart. Take a few moments on your morning walk or during your shower to ask God to do a little scrubbing and cleaning before you face the day. You’ll be surprised how good you run.