My parents have recently moved to a retirement home with 24/7 nursing care. What has impressed me is the things we collect over the years. I am working through some of my stuff as well and all I will say is, “good grief!”
So, it is with our own personal spiritual life. It is easy to live life not realizing that from time to time we need to do a reality check of how we are doing. We can,
Life has a way of building up resentment, bitterness, judgement, and stinkin’ thinkin’.
It’s healthy to be content, but envy can eat you up. Proverbs 14:30
Out of your heart come evil thoughts, vulgar deeds, stealing, murder,unfaithfulness in marriage, greed, meanness, deceit, indecency, envy, insults, pride, and foolishness. Mark 8:21-22
Without even knowing it, our attitudes and thoughts can build up and before we know it, we are dealing with some junk we need to take to the dump!
King David knew all about that, and he prayed,
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2
What a great prayer to start each and every day to declutter things in our heart as we plow through every 24 hours.
Focusing on my own life, instead of comparing to other people, will help me decompress on what is MY reality. Do you agree? Right now, in whatever circumstance we are all facing and what situations life has handed us, we are able to decompress and see what is really important and true for our own personal life.
If we spend our time wishing we were like the neighbour down the street or if you are a single parent and see the Ex getting ahead or somehow hoping to win big money, we never will be content with the here and now.
I remember talking to a single mom who was putting herself through higher education while looking after her kids and she said, I am thankful for my health and my kids. Life was tough for her but she was able to decompress and take positive stock in her life.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Delight is the foundation for de-cluttering and decompressing life. Seeking the Lord and understanding who He is with His love and compassion, will grip our hearts and give us His desire to walk through life.
I have found when I am focusing on the Lord and what He has done for me, I am able to see clearer what He has in store for me. All of us matter to Him.
I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing. Psalm 16:2
This week is going to be crazy busy for me so I need to work my hardest to delight in Him and give Him my best. Will you join me?
We all know life isn’t a bed of roses, but God has given us the ability to de-clutter, decompress, and delight.
We can do this!