As the comedian Gallagher once said: "They say cleanliness is next to
godliness. I looked it up in the dictionary. Goggles is next to godliness.
Cleanliness is next to claustrophobia and cleavage."
The universe is orderly, but it isn't tidy.
"cleanliness next to godliness" while it's important to keep your
closet,kitchen, living room, etc clean in order to maintain your sanity - God
wants different type of clean: clean mind, clean heart, clean thoughts--this is
what next to godliness, not your kitchen clean, afterall you ain't gonna
take your clean kitchen with you when god call you back home...
It seems that most of us translate "cleanliness is next to godliness" as
"cleanliness is a form of godliness".Well, maybe. Maybe
not. Cleanliness and order can be synonymous, and 'order' can be
defined as 'prioritized'. Proper priorities are definitely a form of
godliness, and sometimes proper priorities means leaving a mess behind so I can
focus on my children, or my neighbors, or my husband (not necessarily in that
order). And sometimes proper priorities means cleaning the SLOW way by teaching
my children to do it. It's easier, and cleaner much sooner, if I do it
myself, but one of my God-given jobs is to train them.In other
words, sometimes I have to choose between being godly and having cleanliness;
and cleanliness is NEXT TO godliness.
May be it's carrying around a lot of excess baggage. A mind, body and
spirit thing. If no one messed up there there would not be forgiveness.