We recently moved to a new place. When my friends asked me how the move was going, I kept saying: I wish I hadn’t accumulated so much stuff!
I have beauty samples that I never got to try on; plastic cups and bowls I wouldn’t use in a million years. Not to mention all the stuff came with three young kids! I even found emptied boxes that I should throw out years ago somehow being transported to my new house.
So my favorite verse came to my mind today: “ Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race that marked out for us. Fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Picture a long-distance runner in the middle of his race, heart racing, sweat going, and off goes every unnecessary item he carries with him. His gaze is focused and steady, all the way to the finish line.
This should be a picture of our spiritual health.
Like I have the penchant for accumulating useless, unnecessary stuff, I tend to carry the same useless, unnecessary mental garbage with me— unchecked emotions, unresolved issues, unhealthy habits, unrealistic expectations,…like the beauty samples and empty boxes I carried with me to the new house, hold on to those spiritual junks only drags me down, and makes me easily lose sight of the most important thing in Christian life— our hope in Jesus.
Friends, keep a reminder on our calendar to check our spiritual inventories often. Yesterday’s junk belongs to the dumpster. Today is a fresh new start.