I tend to be a very hot-natured person. I get hot easily, and the heat tends to have an adverse affect on my health. It saps every ounce of energy from my body. If the exposure is too great, it can even cause me to grow faint and nauseous.
Fortunately, I live in a household of mostly hot-natured people. Even my one child who tends to be the least warm-natured still couldn’t genuinely be classified as cold-natured. So, for the most part, we all tend to agree on the need for a relatively cool house.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of other things that don’t agree with us. First would be the southern climate. As much as we love southern culture, I don’t think our bodies were made for the climate of our preferred culture. The second would be utility costs. In truth, we just cannot afford to keep the house as cool as we would like to in the summer months. When the temperatures soar to the upper 90’s (which they did before May saw an end this year) and on into the 100’s, air conditioning units just have to work too hard to really keep up.
Every year we fight the battle between maintaining a bearable home and keeping the electricity costs as manageable as possible. This year we added a new weapon to the battle – I finally gave in to not running the clothes dryer all summer.
I hate to hang clothes to dry. I don’t like the job. I don’t like the feel of the laundry when I bring it in. The smell is alright, but I prefer the smell from the dryer. Clothes from the dryer are so much more pleasant to me. But, in order to meet the need we have to stay cool, I have chosen to make the sacrifice and spend the summer hanging clothes on the line to dry (providing I can do so quickly without overheating in the process!).
Staying cool and comfortable is a very temporal and physical need. In view of eternity, however, there are spiritual needs that also require sacrifice. Hanging on to my desires and preferences may not prevent my spiritual growth, but it could definitely make that growth more challenging. Which brings me to the question – what desires and conveniences am I clinging to that I should consider releasing for the sake of my spiritual growth?
I could choose to continue using my dryer as I have every summer before and just deal with the power bill. In the same way, I can choose to hang on to the preferences in my daily life that tend to make my spiritual growth a little more challenging. As I hang clothes on the line each day to improve our ability to cool our home, my hope is that I will open to the Lord’s revelation of the desires I need to set aside to improve my spiritual growth as well.