Some things just need to be thrown out. They get worn out or become dysfunctional because of age and excessive use. Some things like foods, lose their flavor, nutritional value and mold or decay when past their expiration date. The only thing to do is trash them.
I am an incessant keeper who has difficulty throwing things away. . . perhaps you can relate??? Last week I found a half used bottle of lemon juice which expired 4 years ago. But you know, those food expiration dates are really just an expert marketing ploy, a mere suggestion that induces us to throw good food away so we can go and buy more. Right?? OK – so I threw the aged lemon juice down the drain 😦 I still have clothes worn during college; why throw it away or pass on to Goodwill if it still fits and has a classic cut? An overflowing closet would be the answer to that question!
The problem is, my life seems to be filling up with things I resist throwing away which then require tending to or dysfunctional accommodations. The fridge fills up and storing fresh foods is hampered because of the nearly empty old bottles of salad dressing or condiments filling up the limited space. Clothes pile up and finding what’s needed becomes a treasure hunt through the accumulated backlog. But lately, this accumulation of things has been getting in the way and I have come to see it as more than my own way of being thrifty. It bothers me that I have to take care of all this stuff. Perhaps this accumulation of excess is really debris which needs to be trashed to simplify my life and enjoy what I have instead of tending to it?
So God, what is the revelation in all of this? Is there something in particular you are saying to me?
THINGS WHICH WERE MEANT TO BE A GIFT CAN TUN INTO A BURDEN WHICH DOES NOTHING BUT ENSLAVE YOU TO THEIR CARE AND KEEPING. YOU NEED LESS THAN YOU MIGHT THINK TO ENJOY LIFE AND THE FREEDOM I INTENDED FOR YOU. THE SAME IS TRUE OF RELATIONSHIPS. DO NOT CONTINUE TO BEAR THE WEIGHT OF RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE NOT MUTUALLY GIVING AND RECEIVING. NOT EVERYONE HAS TO BE YOUR FRIEND. INVEST IN THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WHICH ARE LIFE GIVING WHILE CONTINUING TO CARE FOR THOSE ON THE MARGINS. DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME. I AM NOT EXHORTING YOU TO TRASH RELATIONSHIPS BUT DO BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT INVESTING IN THOSE I SEND YOUR WAY AND RELEASING THE RESPONSIBILITY AND WEIGHT OF THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE CONNECTED TO BY YOUR FLESH (needs or dysfunction) INSTEAD OF MY SPIRIT. THIS IS NOT HARSH BUT ACTUALLY LOVING FOR TRUTH SETS THE CAPTIVES FREE.