Today my daughter and son-in-law moved into a different apartment. My husband and I went over – my husband to help lift and carry things – me to offer moral support while the guys were lifting and carrying. Moving is hard – it’s exhausting – both physically and emotionally. It means something is over – and you leave a part of you behind. And you move on.
I never want to move again after all the times I’ve moved – let’s see – 7 times before I was married and 18 times since being married – a total of 6 different states. Yes I know – it’s unbelievable – but it’s true. And yet – we’ve managed to live now in the same house for 7 years – the longest we’ve lived in one house – ever. But moving often forces you to throw things away – often. So that can be good.
But moving is not fun – you discover just how much trash you have been collecting – and instead of being a reasonable person and throwing things away – you find you’ve been hoarding it. It becomes perfectly clear when you move – because to be honest – you just don’t want to spend the energy moving it again if you don’t have to – so you find out what’s important to save and what is trash.
Our lives can be like this too. We store ‘trash’ because either we think we will need it some day – or we’re too lazy to throw it out – or – we are simply unaware that it’s there. And to make a clean sweep of our lives is painful – both physically and emotionally. But trash can build up – tripping us up – clouding our judgment – basically getting in the way of good intentions and robbing us of clear thinking. Sometimes ‘trash’ is tangible and easy to identify – like that food we should not be eating – or that show on TV we should not be watching – but sometimes it is not tangible – but vague and ‘grey’. People that are not healthy for us – or people who are negative and critical – those who don’t understand us – those that do not want to. This can deplete us and handicap us – and bog us down in such a way – little by little – over time – seeping into our emotions – tearing us apart – one bad thought after another – building up in our minds and hearts – until we are sad and depressed and we don’t even know what happened – or how it started.
I know. I’ve been there. I’ve walked it. I’ve survived it. The small thinking and judgment of others speaking things into my life when I messed up – whom I gave no permission to. Causing me to second guess myself and my good intentions – until I didn’t know who I was anymore – until it was those words that defined me and owned me and I almost believed what was said to me must be true. But it wasn’t. And it never was. Those words – those thoughts – all the emotions that came from others trying to own me – It’s called trash. And like all trash – it can be messy and stinky – and you have no choice after a while but to deal with it. And throw it out. For good.
I want to challenge you today – make a clean sweep today. Get right with God – if you haven’t done that. Then rid yourself of the negative people and thoughts in your life – the extra things that bog you down. And because God is the only one that can judge your heart and motives – and the things you do – you need to be okay with that and stop caring what others say or think about you. In the end – it will only be you and God. Get rid of some of the trash in your ‘house’ today – both physically and emotionally. You may need to say goodbye to some things and people in your life that won’t be easy – in fact – it will hurt like crazy – for a while – then it will get better. Go on a journey in your mind and heart of ‘moving on’ and take only the most important things with you – dump the rest – and then – leave it there. You’ll be glad that you did. I promise.