Everyday God

Everyday Prayers: Make the Bed

Why make the bed when I’m just going to sleep in it the next night?

Without getting into a household debate that is likely only rivaled by the toilet-paper-roll-under-or-over or squeeze-the-toothpaste-from-the-end-or-the-middle debates, let me start by saying, “Yes,” I believe the bed should be made every day, and, “No,” I don’t think you’re a slob if you don’t. I could state multiple reasons for making the bed, but arguing the why isn’t the goal of today’s post but the how.

Here are some basic bed-making tips.

  • Simplify the bedding. The more layers you have, the more will need to be straightened. That includes throw pillows.
  • Freshen your pillows. Depending on the type of pillows you have, you can fluff them in the dryer, air them outside on warm days, or spritz them with non-allergenic freshening spray.
  • Use hospital corners. It’s a simple technique for tucking in the corners so they’re stay better. Even if you tear the covers lose at night, tucking the corners tightly in the morning will insure sheets remain straight over multiple nights.

So, what on earth does making a bed have to do with your everyday faith?

  • Simplify. The more stuff you have to deal with on a daily basis, the more distracted you’ll be. Keep God in the center of everything, and let him decide what stays and what goes.
  • Refresh your faith. Routines can certainly keep us on track, but they can also foster a stale environment. Invite God’s refreshment daily. A growing faith with him will never grow stale.
  • Secure the corners. Keep the details of your life straight by regularly securing the foundation. Jesus is the cornerstone that keeps everything else in your life in place. (Acts 4:11)

From now on, when you make your bed, intentionally commit your everyday to God.

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