Today’s Scripture: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. ProverbsĀ 28:13

A huge sofa sat out by the curb for trash collection. Since it was in good shape, many motorists would slow down for a look. But when they saw how enormous it was, they’d leave. Eventually, a compact car pulled up, and two men got out. One neighbor who was watching thought, “This I’ve got to see.” The two men removed the cushions, turned the sofa upside down, and shook it hard. Then they picked up all the coins that tumbled out and drove off.

I’m sure all of us can identify with the above anecdote. I have had my share of beat up sofas in my apartments and homes throughout the years. It seems that the uglier and more beat up the couch, the longer it lives!

But when it comes to our spiritual lives, we should be willing to get rid of the ugly trash that tends to accumulate when we least expect it. Perhaps you have never allowed yourself to watch a certain television show because of its content, but lately you’ve been watching it. Maybe a disgruntled neighbor has you so frustrated that you are tempted to say anything that comes to mind about him or her. Perhaps a difficult subject at school has you discouraged, and you don’t mind cheating just so you can get through the course.

Whatever the case, it’s time for a clean sweep! For the sake of your spiritual growth, get rid of that ratty couch once and for all.


Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.