This has become something of a tradition that has been initiated as of last year, but tends to be very powerful in my journey. I’m talking about clutter. If you’ve been around me long enough, then you know I’m one to throw things out. I’ve been getting into this rhythm of throwing things away. How do we build up so much in a short amount of time is beyond me.
But there is a build up, and somehow after cleaning out last year, I’ve attained so many new things. Some of it was really great and necessary, other things good for a time with an expiration date, and the rest, well, I don’t really know. I don’t know where that stuff goes.
More often than not, a junk drawer is created and we kind of shove these random, unnecessary items in that place because we kind of love it, and we think we need it. Truth be told, we probably don’t need any of it at all.
I got junk… Habits, attitudes, thoughts, scheduling, my bedroom closet, apps on my phone – it’s stunting growth and distracting. Sometimes I wonder if removing that some stuff would change anything. Actually, I’m sure it would. I’ve done this before and it’s time to do it again.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14
I crave a newness from God, a refreshing of His Spirit and a work that only He can do. I want to be a masterpiece set apart; intricately designed on the inside and out. I don’t want to settle here, I want to go forward. Yeah, I want more of Jesus. Often times, my idea of perseverance means moving forward with whatever I got. But what if that meant moving forward with less than I had? How can God bring in new things if all I want to do is fill the space for receiving with unnecessary things? It’s an area where I can’t be lead by my emotion, but rather the conviction in my heart and the truth of God’s word.
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” – Proverbs 4:20-27
I’ve been spending the last few weeks taking an inventory of my life, feelings, thoughts, time management, speech, clothes, apps on my phone.. ALL OF IT. Here’s my conclusion: I’m willing to give up anything that I have allowed to keep me from drawing nearer to the heart of God. I will sacrifice anything that will damage me from loving others the way Jesus wants me to. I don’t want to hold onto it anymore. I believe that this next year can be another powerful year, but will I be ready to take hold of it? This is what I’m asking myself.
Friends, if you sat with Jesus in this moment and asked Him what would need to change so that you can draw closer, what would that be? My encouragement to you is this: Go ahead, let it go, and get your heart ready for what is in store.
The best is yet to come. I truly believe that, and I don’t mean based on our good days or bad days. I believe the best is yet to come because we get to release the things that get in the way, take hold of Jesus, and realize again just how much we mean to Him. Awesome, huh?