I don’t know why we accumulate so much junk throughout the years. I don’t know why we even keep some things. I find myself saying, “well I might need it someday”. Eventually we find ourselves surrounded by so much clutter we can’t hardly breathe.
The last 3 weekends, my husband and I have been having a “Toss or Keep” weekend. To be honest…. it has been mostly TOSS. We have hauled so much junk off that we have stored in our house, we should be ashamed of ourselves for keeping it for so long.
Last weekend we went through our littlest’s room and I was afraid he would throw a fit, but he did very well at our little “toss or keep” game. We cleared a bunch of broken toys out and even some of those toys that he has never played with and never will.
Do you have the same problem with keeping a hold of certain things in your life and you have a hard time throwing it out? I think we all do. I have to tell you that our bedroom feels so much better with less things. I think society makes you feel like you need so many possessions. I don’t know why that is. I mean I know I am not alone in this. You can take a stroll early on a Saturday morning and there will be yard sales signs papered all over town. People sorting things out and getting rid of things. But what I also see, is people attending these yard sales and collecting MORE things.
I try to stay away from yard sales. I have enough junk of my own, I don’t need someone else’s junk.
As we have been clearing out our house of unneeded possessions, I feel a weight lifting off my shoulders. My daughter has mentioned several times that she likes going away to college because she lives very minimalistic. When she comes homes she feels choked out by all the items that surrounds her. I understand what she means.
As I was in church Sunday morning, my mind wandered, as it so often does at times. I have problems focusing at times, but this time, as my mind took a stroll I was thinking about the clearing of items and the weight being lifted, and the Lord spoke to me.
He said that we should do a little clearing in our hearts as well. Do you sometimes feel that weight of the world on your chest? Are you like me and allow those things in your life pull at you until you feel you can’t even stand up straight? Do you feel surrounded by situations in your life and you feel the walls around you are caving in? I do. A lot. The Lord told me that we need to do some soul cleaning. Empty out your heart and don’t allow all those struggles, fears, hurts, and frustrations fill every square inch of your inside.
Come to the Lord as an empty vessel, and allow him to fill you with what He feels you need. Empty out all your clutter. When you have all those “things” swimming inside you it causes stress, anxiety, and anger. None of those emotions will do you any good. When you fill up that space with all those negative objects, there isn’t any room for God.
Make room in your heart for God today. Haul off all those items that you have piling up inside and burn it. Don’t just haul it off so maybe you can pick it back up again, but haul it off and burn it till there is nothing but ashes left.
I pray that you can come to the Lord empty and ready to be filled with all His wonderful blessings. I love the Lord, and I don’t know about you but, I don’t want junk floating around on my inside. May God Bless you.