Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Set your hearts on things above

Colossians 3 "Set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things."

This is the Bible reading from an old bulletin I found while purging and cleaning out my small house. Quite a fitting reminder, wouldn't you say? You see, yesterday I filled a van full of boxes and whole drawers full of old files from when I was a teacher over 17 years ago before I had children. It was doing no good taking up precious space in our small house since I have not touched it in so long. Nor would I ever need it, now that technology has made life for a teacher so much easier, if I was to ever get back into teaching.

And yet I was clinging to these things for 17 years. Now they are gone just like that. What a relief! I am looking at everything in my house in a new way. What am I clinging to these things for? The maintenance on housing all of my stuff is not worth most of the stuff that I save. It is not worth the weight it puts on my daily life. Finally, the emotional connection to my all of stuff doesn't leave much room for clinging to my Savior. In Philippians 3:19-20 says "Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ."

We bought a scanner with the hope that I could scan every piece of paper and I could still somehow save everything and have more space. Well, I will still scan the important things, but if it is not worth the time to scan it, then I will be throwing it out anyway. I am very excited!

With all of this extra weight off my mind, maybe I will be able to start thinking more clearly! This is a good thing! (On the side, while cleaning I found money and a flash drive with important pictures I thought I had lost. Bonus!!! It is definitely a good thing!)

With all this extra energy from purging, even though I am "planted" in this small house, I will be more able to bloom and make an impact on other people's faith, health and happiness.

Bloom where you are planted!

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