Spring Cleaning

1 Corinthians 6:12I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren’t good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to (LB).

It’s spring! (I think!) Once more, closet clutter rears its ugly head. These are my basic rules: The person who inherits from me will throw it out. Give away anything I haven’t used in the past year. Toss out clothes that are too big, too small or too ugly. Throw out inherited junk. (Remember? I loathed it in their place, too!) Stack items in four boxes, labelled keep, fix, give away and throw out. Follow through on those decisions.

If only it were that easy to declutter our personal lives. The key, according to Paul, is not to let sin get a grip on us in the first place. Failing that, we can be bold enough to open the doors of our spiritual closets and present them to God for a clean-up.

PrayerDear God, we confess that our lives are cluttered with sin. Shine the fresh light of your presence into our dark corners. Give us the courage to decide to change and the self-control to follow through on our decision.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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