When you’ve lived in the same house as long as I have, it’s so easy to be overrun with STUFF. Add to that my penchant for being super sentimental, and we have a recipe for getting bogged down with STUFF MAINTENANCE.
Do you do this? When I see something that truly no longer serves a purpose, I rationalize keeping it by saying
This thing meant something to me at one time.
I might be able to fit into this skirt/top/pants again someday.
I can wear these shoes (that are SO CUTE but kill my feet) to a wedding someday.
I’ll save and give this thing to _______________ because she loves the color ________________.
I’m quite sure I’m not the only one.
Lately, God has been sending me the message to simplify from the craziest places!
LET IT GO.
In fact, as I’m typing this, my mailman left this magazine in my mailbox today:
Yep. God even enlisted the help of Oprah herself to get His point across. I always chuckle at His timing and creativity. Daily I get a message from somewhere or someone that confirms this area where I need to focus.
I’m telling you, if you ask God for confirmation on something you are struggling with or mulling over, HE WILL GIVE IT TO YOU.
He’ll even use Oprah to do it.
I’m not saying I’ve mastered the purging process, Lord knows it will be a lifelong endeavor… but I am recently invested in seeing things with new eyes. I’m still sentimental and there are many things that once belonged to my mom that will stay with me – but do I really need that set of vintage dishes I bought on eBay ten years ago?
No. I don’t – and hanging on to it makes me unable to take on fun, new items I might get more joy from using.
But it’s not just physical stuff that needs purging – our minds are overrun by input that holds us back from our purpose of living in God’s abundance.
What are you filling your mind with?
What are you reading, watching, talking about?
Who are you spending time with?
The Bible is LOADED with verses that tell us to renew our minds.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
A quick Google search came up with pages and pages on this topic – you can see one list by clicking here.
What am I doing to renew my mind to make room for God’s abundance and blessings? More importantly, what am I doing to prepare my mind for action and what He has planned for my future?
I’m learning to focus on the joy. I’m reading about the physics of the brain and how God created in us an amazing capacity for change. I’m learning to meditate on His word and His promises and I’m taking a good look at how to take action to change those thought patterns that only serve to agitate me. I’m going deep, and bumping into God all along the way.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8 is my new motto, because I know that what we think about and focus on grows. Do you want resentment, negativity, hurt feelings and pain to grow, or do you want truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, excellence and worth to be magnified?
I’m finding that simplifying life physically and spiritually comes slowly – but it’s something that holds great rewards if you consistently keep at it.
Here’s my pondering on Facebook from the other night – let me know in the comments if you can relate…