Well, it’s here.
The plague of triple digit days in South Carolina.
We know it’s going to happen; it happens every year. However, every single year, it seems worse than the year before. Getting stuck to the car seat, melted makeup, frizzy hair, and a sweaty back are just a few of the lovely characteristics of a summer day in South Carolina. But, there is one characteristic that makes every single person cringe.
Opening that July SCE&G or MCEC bill.
Gosh, you might as well have sucker-punched me in the gut when I opened that email at the beginning of the month. They want how much of my hard-earned money? Do they want my first born child too?
When you get the paper bill in the mail, at the bottom is always a section that says something along the lines of “Energy Saving Tips and Projects”.
Yeah right! By the time I get to that point in the bill, my eyes are full of tears and I can’t even read the energy saving tips and projects. (that may be just a little exaggerated…but not much)
So, one of these tips is something called “Weather-stripping”.
Now, if you’re thinking what I’m thinking, the first thing that comes to a South Carolina girl’s mind when I hear weather-stripping, is stripping down to the bare necessities on a 103 degree day in July.
But, according to lowes.com, that’s not exactly the definition.
“The doors and windows in your home can allow air leaks even when they are closed. Weather stripping your doors is easy and it can keep energy costs down. It’ll also help you stay cozy in winter. Seal cracks around your door with weather stripping to winterize your home and keep out drafts.”
It makes a lot of sense. You go around and check out the places in your home where the expensive, good, cold air is escaping (for free) out into the hotness. The idea works in the winter too, so that your high dollar heat isn’t escaping for free out into the coldness.
I couldn’t help but think about this in relation to our own spiritual homes or temples-our body, our mind.
Where are the places in your life where you may have leaks? Where there are cracks? Where is the good stuff slowly leaking out?
The thing about those cracks, is that just as easily as the good stuff can leak out, the bad stuff can make its way in.
Those holes where we aren’t strong and weather-proofed, where we aren’t sealed all the way… those places are the same places that evil can creep in, that the enemy can use as his own personal VIP entrance into your life, your body, your relationships, your marriage, your children’s lives, your business, your church, and even worse- your relationship with God.
When you stop and think about the cracks in your life, are they easy to identify? Or are they hard?
I hope they are hard.
But, if you’re anything like me, they are easy to realize. Often, it seems, the reason the cracks are there to begin with is because they are the hard to reach places of our heart. The places where we’d rather let a little draft in or out, because its easier that way. We are comfortable that way.
Just as we were enlightened by lowes.com, we learn that sealing the cracks and winterizing or weather-stripping our hearts, we save ourselves on energy costs. We keep the use of our energy down, and it costs our hearts less!
The best part of this deal is that He has already invested in the weather-stripping for each and every one of us, making it essentially free!
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. ” – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Not only did He seal us, He put down a deposit on our behalf, guaranteeing that He has even more good things in store for us.
We have to keep the good stuff from slowly leaking out of our souls. In doing this, you are in turn putting up the seal to keep the enemy out of those vulnerable places in your heart.
Where do you need to weather-strip in your life? I encourage you to evaluate your energy usage, and find those holes and cracks. Ask God to help you cut down on your energy usage. He will continually fix up your heart’s weather-stripping, and even help with the on-going labor and maintenance.
That’s the best energy saving help you will ever receive.
“ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” – Ephesians 6:10-11