Have you ever tried to set up a roadblock to keep change out of your life? That sounds rather ridiculous, but really too often that is what we try to do. News flash— that strategy doesn’t work very well! It is about as effective as trying to control the weather. The reality about change is that we prepare for it, react to it, and accept it as inevitable.
Clutter can be a roadblock. When we keep clothes that no longer fit, we are refusing to accept the change in our weight. When we keep stacks of unread magazines, we are refusing to accept the change in our available time for reading. When we keep cupboards of unused dishes, we are refusing to accept the change in how much cooking we actually do. When we keep appliances that are broken, we are refusing to accept the change that their usefulness is over. When we fill our garages with unused sporting equipment, we are refusing to accept that those activities are no longer on our schedule—maybe because our children have grown up and moved away!
Life comes to us in seasons. Each season has its own special beauty. Each season is particularly suited for its own special activities. Each season has a special purpose in our lives. The timeless wisdom of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 continues to speak above the confusion of our days:
“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silent,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.”
Yes, there are seasons when we accumulate stuff! And seasons when we use that stuff everyday! That is all fine and good. But as the days pass, our lives change. We no longer need some items. We no longer use the same things. People leave our lives. Daily routines and responsibilities change. Our physical abilities change. And yet, too often, we keep all the stuff anyways. We pile it, move it, ignore it, or hide it, but we don’t acknowledge that it no longer serves a purpose in our current season of life. It becomes a physical or emotional roadblock.
So we must make decisions! We need to look at each item in our homes and ask some questions:
IS THIS ITEM TRULY BEAUTIFUL?
DOES THIS ITEM MAKE ME SMILE?
WHEN WILL I USE THIS ITEM AGAIN?
DOES SOMEONE ELSE NEED THIS ITEM MORE THAN I DO?
WOULD I BUY THIS ITEM AGAIN TODAY?
Be assured that there are many community groups that need your extra items. Pass them along while they are still in usable condition. Delight in knowing that someone found your great items at Goodwill! Most items can be repurposed or recycled, but some really just need to be trashed. Accept it and go on.
We must embrace our current season of life with courage and grace. Make room in your life for new adventures and opportunities. Discover the refreshing simplicity of living with less!
What roadblocks will you eliminate?
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