Clean up as you go
My little 8-year old sister was crying in her room. She was overwhelmed. She wanted to go to a friend’s house, and mom decided it was time for her to clean her room before getting to play. We had warned her multiple times that if she didn’t clean up her messes as soon as she made them, it would pile up and be difficult. She didn’t heed the warning, and decided to take the easy road and play some more, adding to the mess each day. She was then feeling helpless because of the seemingly impossible situation she was in.
How many times do we ignore the warnings of others to repent of our sins quickly? (Alma 34:32-34). Instead of dealing with them, we sometimes say, “Oh, I’ll repent later.” Soon, we realize just how big of a mess we’ve made, and it seems too big to handle. What started at “little sins” started to pile up, and now we deal with bigger sins. It’s then that we realize that the true “easy way” is to clean up as we go.
Repent as quickly as you can and as often as you must. And I don’t mean sweep your mess under the bed and forget about it, don’t ask for forgiveness then continue what you’re doing—you have to truly repent. Have a change of heart, set some goals, improve yourself. You’ll find your room doesn’t get so messy as quickly.
Thankfully, God is merciful. We aren’t perfect, and our room is probably not going to be totally clean. If you worked hard to do as much as you could, then your Father will help make up the difference. But you have to show that you put in the effort to strive towards perfection, getting as clean as we possibly can.
Mandy put in some effort in cleaning her room after having her breakdown. She is currently happy and where she wanted to be because of the forgiving mercy of a loving parent.