Stuff. It’s always there, always needing to be dealt with, always adding to my to-do list. I was getting sick of the “stuff”. We have 4 kids and live in a modest-sized home, and if you came over for a visit, you would not think we have a lot of “stuff”, but we did. It was hidden in the nooks and crannies, closets and build-ins of our home, away for the eyes of our visitors. But I knew it was there, and I knew it needed to be dealt with.
After being inspired by a book on tidying, and after years of wanting to get our house in order, I made arrangements for people to help with the kids so they would be out of the house for an entire day so I could focus.
It was overwhelming at first––the thought of going through clothing for 6 people, books, toys, papers, photos, etc. After I got into the groove of things, and really started discarding things we truly do not need or even want in same cases, I felt an incredible lightness and release. We don’t need this stuff. What an incredible realization.
In fact, there isn’t a ton we actually “need” to live this life.
I think we all can admit that we have things in our homes that we don’t need, want, or even like.
But what about your spiritual life? Do you have things hidden in the corners of your heart and mind that need to be released? Things that need to be dealt with?
We all do.
You are not alone if there are deep secrets that hang over your life like a heavy blanket.
It's time to deal with it and live a life of freedom and lightness. That is what God wants for us. Rest is found in Him and Him alone. So how do you do that? For me, it is verbalizing my struggling to a trusted friend or my husband, it is praying about it fervently, it is releasing old ways of living, and turning from sin.
For you, it may be different. Maybe you need to seek help from a pastor or small group leader. Maybe you need to meet with a counselor or therapist.
Whatever it is, DO IT now.
Don’t live in darkness and heaviness. Get rid of the things that weigh you down. Find peace in Him. Then, you'll have the energy, time and love to help and love on others, and you will be truly blessed!
Psalms 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
2 Corinthians 7:1 - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.