• Michelle Burkhardt

A Daily Polished Soul

When I was in middle school, I had braces.  They were not the clear, plastic invisible ones they have today. Mine were metal; they were the “everything edible will get caught in them” kind.  I wore these braces for 2 ½ years, and my mom made it very clear that I was to take exceptionally good care of my teeth - Forever! Something to the effect that she sacrificed her right arm and leg while promising her left kidney as payment (ok, Italians and writers tend to exaggerate, and I am both).

Admittedly, it was not to that extreme; however, for a single mom, she did teach me to value and appreciate my straight, pearly whites.  Like most people, I brush twice a day, usually floss daily, strive to visit the dentist regularly, and rinse with the green-colored Listerine that stands on my bathroom sink. 

In a similar manner to one’s daily hygiene, it is important that we care for our spiritual well-being. It occurred to me that for years, I took better care of my teeth than I did my soul.  For instance, I truly believed I was a “dedicated” Christian because I went to church every Sunday.  I even worked in the nursery and taught children in Sunday School. Even though God was an important part of my life, I did not choose to seek him daily.  At the time, my weekly routine was just not enough to truly build a solid relationship with my King.

To explain, imagine for a moment if I took care of my physical needs the same way I use to take care of my spiritual needs.  What would happen if I brushed my teeth only on Sundays or washed my hair once a week?  Answer: My teeth would fall out (causing my mother to disown me), and my hair - well, let’s just say that with all its waves it would entangle into the perfect nest for a momma bird and her hatchlings.

Seriously, the key point to building one’s walk with Christ is in the word “daily”.  Hence, spending time with God daily can be as simple as brushing one’s teeth. For example, it does not take long in the morning to praise Him for the restful sleep you just experienced or pray for His wisdom before you tackle your work day.  Moreover, listen to His Praise and Worship music on the car radio; read a devotional from “Our Daily Bread” (booklet or email) or the “YouVersion” Bible App on your phone/tablet; or sit quietly in your favorite chair and read His life-changing Word. It is not the amount of time that matters – what matters is that we take time each day to connect with Him.

When we shower our minds with God every day, the world will see the sparkle in our Polished Souls.

 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His, righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33ESV).