I moved into (the greatest school on earth) Kansas State University in August of 1998, in Marlatt Hall (room 456, not that you really care). It was an amazing time in my life and I quickly lost my ever-loving mind, but that’s a post for another day. When we finished battling the crowds and getting setup in my dorm room I remember putting on a set of white patterned sheets on the extra-long twin bed we had in the room and I proceeded to not change those sheets or wash them all semester (I apologize for those who just threw up a little bit in your mouth)! i can assure you that i do not keep that practice today and look back on it as a purely rebellious and sick practice of an 18 year old boy.
Throughout the semester I actually thought about washing/changing them but I figured I took my showers at night, so how dirty could they really be (sickening isn’t it)? Besides, changing them would take a lot of time and energy. No one really ever saw my sheets, so it was not a big deal, right?
Can you EVEN begin to imagine how gross those things were? Just take a second and think about it…
If you are not a teenage boy then you know that it was and is gross! Do you think that it was wise not to change the sheets? i do not either. However, I see so many people do that every Sunday in churches and I feel the same way. We will show up every week, listen to a sermon, and then go home. Sometimes you may think, “wow, I should do something about what I heard today.” But often times they decide against it because doing so would take a lot of work; after all, who is ever really going to see the area of their life that needs to be changed? I watched it this weekend as I preached and asked people to respond. I see it in peoples eyes but we seem to be more scared to respond to the Father. When God deals with an area of our lives He isn’t doing so because He has nothing better to do but rather He’s doing so for our own good, yet we fight so hard against His work. WHY?
If He is wanting to change something, then that something needs to be changed. I am learning more and more as a follower of Christ. He is constantly changing me, my thoughts and my attitude by making me more aware of who He is. Becoming more aware of who He is really does make me want to be more like Him and in order for that to happen I have got to “change the sheets” when He clearly points out things in my life that cannot continue the way they are going.
Will you change the sheets of your [life’s] bed?