Fall is right around the corner. As leaves begin to fall and the landscape is eventually wiped cleaned, I am praying that God will do the same thing to my heart.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
My heart is heavy, friends. The raw dirtiness of this world makes me want to wave a white flag in defeat. How can I raise my children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord when the world’s goal is to bring them down? How can I keep my heart pure for my children in this depraved place?
Create in me a clean heart…this is my cry. This is my prayer.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when the world around me murders thousands of babies in the womb daily.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when the VMAs are the talk of the town. When a little girl’s downfall is laughed about and mocked, and a grown father and husband’s role in the matter is hardly discussed at all.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when my community is rampant with immorality. Lipstick Rainbow Parties are popular in our area among middle schoolers.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when these same middle schoolers are using Vodka Tampons to become drunk without the tell-tale breath. Again, this is happening in my community, and is probably happening in yours.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when I cannot turn on the television without turning my children and my heads.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when I’m fearful to visit the mall due to current fashion trends.
Give me a clean heart, O God; as I drive down the highway and see billboard after billboard of illicit material.
Give me a clean heart, O God; when lying, cheating and selfishness are commonplace.
You see, if my heart isn’t clean, my children do not stand a chance. If my home isn’t clean, my children will fall. Almost every manmade thing in this world tries to lure us away from God. My children need to see a clean heart in me to survive. Unfortunately, I cannot just clean it myself.
I need God. He can and will clean my heart. And if my heart and home is clean, it will point my children to Christ. I love this quote by J.C. Ryle about being born again:
To be born again is to enter into a new existence, to have a new mind, a new heart, new views, new principles, new tastes, new affections, new likings, new dislikings, new fears, new joys, new sorrows, new love to things once hated, new hatred to things once loved, new thoughts of God, ourselves, the world, the life to come and salvation.
– J.C. Ryle
Once we are born again, God begins sanctifying us. Creating in us a clean heart. Renewing a right spirit within us. Sometimes I feel like I need major heart surgery! Praise God that if I keep my eyes on Him, He will be reflected in me. And my children are watching.