By O’Ceallaigh –
From time to time, as with all kids, we used to have to put our children into the bathtub to get cleaned up. We would sternly instruct them to wash thoroughly before getting out.
After what seemed like a long time to us they would individually emerge and present themselves before us for inspection. We would then go over the high spots and find them shining! Then we would get to some of the more secluded and important areas and find a fine patch of ground sufficient to grow strawberries, or, in the case of behind the ears, a fair patch of potatoes!
For pre-teen kids, I guess they did pretty well and we had to remember that this was a learning process. But the reality was that the cleaning process didn’t go deep enough.
This brings me to an interesting observation. Today, in our spiritual lives, regardless of the stripe or type, we seem to carry the same mindset.
We read our literature whether it be the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon or any other publication and become well versed in the words printed therein but fail to seek out, in depth, what those words are actually saying. We become well versed in the prose of our literature but fail to comprehend its content.
On the other side of that coin, we are so ready to accept what we are told and so loathe to seek out for ourselves what is written, whether it be true or whether it be false.
So, we begin to see ourselves as adults who are very much like my young children when it comes to our cleansing. We get wet enough to make us feel good – feel clean – but there is little depth to our cleansing.
We attend our weekly services but the “cleansing” only hits the high spots.
The Point Is…
We need that dusting and cleaning that goes beyond the face, the hands, the feet and the ears and reaches deep into the mind and heart.