Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Time to Clean Out!

Well something awakened inside of me while escorting my little black shoes to the trash can that makes me want to clean out my closet. I know, I wish it would just go back to sleep!

I am fortunate to have a very large closet. I think we could fit a bed in it. My husband keeps his section so neat and tidy and then there is my side. I have stacks and piles and stuff strewn everywhere. I claim to have a system, but if truth be told there really is no system.

I have been looking over my clothes and I have determined that I do not wear 80% of the stuff hanging in my closet. It really may be pushing 85%. There is the black floral dress that I wore years ago that I really loved the way I felt in it and will never fit in it again. Why do I still have it in my closet? I mean if I could fit in it by now it is out of style!

Oh and let's not forget the green checkered shirt that my mother purchased for me at least 5 years ago that I think is too ugly to even clean house in. Why is it still hanging there?

Why do I still hang on to these things? Why do I allow them to take up my valuable closet space?

I have shoes in my closet that I wore to a friends wedding almost 10 years ago and I haven't wore them since. But I kept them because who knows when one will need silver shoes.

All these thoughts of cleaning out made me think of my heart. Do I have items stored in there that I have long forgotten about? Or maybe I do know about them but I have chosen to just bolt the door shut.

What about you? Do you have anything lurking in the recesses of your heart?

I have learned over the years that even though I may have momentarily forgotten about some old junk, satan hasn't forgotten about it. And he uses that old junk to try and hinder my relationship with God.

So I want to encourage you, along with myself, to do some heart cleaning. Let's ask our Heavenly Father to bring to our minds anything that we have let just settle in the corners. Let's do a heart inventory with Him and get rid of the junk we don't need!

"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus..." Hebrews 12:1-2

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