The other day I was talking to one of my daughters about cleaning the house. When our girls start to play it’s like a toy bomb has gone off. Stuff is everywhere. I remembered how I used to do the same thing. I would make a huge mess in my room playing GI Joe or Star Wars. I would say it’s part of being a kid, but I still make messes today. Some days I look around and wonder how I made such a mess. On this day, as I was talking to my daughter, I was cleaning the kitchen and it was her job to clean the living room. As soon as I asked her to clean, she gave me a list of reasons why the mess wasn’t her fault. She asked if her sister had to help too. She asked if I would clean it with her. She didn’t throw a fit or tell me “no”, but she didn’t embrace the task either…..A few hours later she was in her room because she had gotten in trouble for disobedience. As I coached her through it, I said, “this started with you choosing to make excuses about cleaning up the living room instead of saying, “Yes daddy”. When we choose not to submit our hearts we can’t help but get into more trouble.” As I was talking I realized I was speaking to my own heart. When God asks me to clean up my mess I often want to find excuses, justifications, or reasons that make me the victim. I look around to see if God is making anyone else clean up their mess. In reality I should just say “Yes daddy”. When we submit our hearts to God we live in the joy of his grace. When we choose disobedience, we live in the darkness of our rebellion. When God beckons you to clean an area of your life, how will your heart respond?