When things are going along well, we are able to take of routine maintenance and keep up with the necessary repairs, but in rough times these things can get away from us.  When it comes to a house, we might end up with peeling paint, a sagging roof or floors and even a few broken windows.  If this trend continues unchecked, a house can become a ruin.

Houses are not the only things that can suffer when the owners don’t keep up with regular maintenance.  Spiritually the same thing can take place.

When things are right, we spend time in God’s Word, we have time each day for prayer; time to spend with the Lord.  When we are doing this, we will probably have no problem serving others, giving or going to classes or small groups at church…  These kinds of things are the regular maintenance of a spiritual life.  Every so often, however, we might let some aspect of spiritual maintenance slip, and then another area, then another.  Before we know it, our spiritual lives become ruins…

Houses can be renovated and restored and so can we.  Don’t skip church!  Take time for God every day and get back into His Word; better yet don’t let any of these things slip!

I know, some times these things require some effort, but that’s normal enough for Jesus told us to “make every effort to enter through the narrow door…” (Luke 13:24)

A little effort can go a very long way in keeping our spiritual houses in order.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Disrepair

  1. Melissa says:

    Excellent post! I love the simple reminders from Him!

  2. Kitsy says:

    Beautiful analogy and thank you for the reminder. You have niggled my soul. (I love that word. I may write a post someday on the oft unused but wonderful words like niggle, erstwhile, susurrus, and oft.). The photo of the house is delightful, as well. I am having a lovely day prepping for the web, photos taken this weekend. In fact, it has been raining softly on my metal roif; the susurrus notes lulling me into a restful state. I am still in my pajamas.

  3. pipermac5 says:

    Working on my lessons every week helps keep me focused on what really matters, God and His Word. I learn by preparing to teach others, and I am learning to put the ministry first in my priorities. Your regular teaching also helps keep me focused. Thank you!



  4. Mike B. says:

    Good message, good analogy! Thanks Don.

  5. mstanj says:


  6. jimbelton says:

    As in all things, you need to take the time to sharpen the saw.

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