Spring Cleaning

Saturday, April 17, 2004

1 Corinthians 6:12 – I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren't good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I'll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can't easily stop when I want to. (TLB)

It's spring. (I think!) Once more, closet clutter rears its ugly head.

This is my basic rule: the person who inherits from me will throw it out.

Give away anything you haven't used in the past year. Toss out clothes that are too big, too small, or too ugly. Throw out inherited junk. (Remember? You loathed it in that other house too.) Stack items in four piles labelled "Keep", "Fix", "Give away", and "Throw out". Follow through on decisions.

If only it were that easy to de-clutter our spiritual lives. The key, according to Paul, is not to let sin get a grip on us in the first place. Failing that, we must be bold enough to open the doors of our spiritual closets, and let God start to clean up our lives.

Prayer: Dear God, we confess that our lives are cluttered with sin. Please shine the fresh light of Your presence into our dark corners. Give us the courage to decide to change, and the self-control to follow through on our decision. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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