This week has had a particular theme to it. “Cleaning Out” At work I was tasked with cleaning out cubicles and cabinets once used by employees before they retired. At home going through every place one can put things and asking, “Do I really need this?” This is particularly hard for men who think they will use anything someday to fix something. Butt (typo intended) also personally cleaning out this week as I went for my first colonoscopy. Talk about things you really don’t need!
As I had lots of time to sit and think, and realizing this week’s theme, I begin to ponder what spiritual stuff am I hanging on to that I need to clean out? The list started growing. After one cleans out, gets rid of things they don’t need, like life style choices, habits, etc. they need to take one more step. If this one step is not taken one will only clutter their life again. That one step? Change the way you think, or nothing will change at all.
Romans 12:2 puts it like this, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (MSG)
Me? I plan on walking more, and changing my eating habits even if my lab results come back with a good report. I want to stop letting what other’s do and say bother me at all. This is going to take a lot of changing, but change for the better. If I can do this with God’s help my heart will be less cluttered and have more room for Him.