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Time to Let Go

But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.  Mark 4:19 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.My wife and I needed a better approach.

With the kids out of the house, we took the plunge and moved to a smaller place. Our move became a real challenge. How are we going to make all the things fit in our new tiny home? I wondered. What should we keep and what should we toss or donate?

I struggled with these questions as I sifted through our stuff. I labeled items “keep” when I no longer needed them. And others items I labeled “toss,” when in fact I needed them. I did not have a clue.

With prayer and some research, I settled on a strategy. I tossed out everything I would never use again, donated items others could use, and kept items needed at the new place—including sentimental items we would enjoy for years to come. 

As Christians, we. too, need a spiritual strategy to toss out the things that push us away from God and to keep the things that pull us toward Him. I put together a spiritual inventory of what I treasured and discovered possessions, people, and activities that affected my life in Christ.

An over-packed schedule, coupled with an exorbitant hunger for the frills of this world, weakens our bond with the One who came to save us. God wants us to avoid the earthly clutter that obstructs our pathway to Him. He celebrates every sacrifice we make to release the things in our lives for His sake. God does not want us lured away by the glitter of city lights and the potpourri of neon signs—the things the world uses to distract us. Christ Jesus is the only true Light we should seek.

Take a spiritual inventory and eliminate anything that obstructs a deeper relationship with Christ.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Doug Lim

Doug Lim lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Cindy. He is in the empty-nester chapter of his life. He is a spare-time Christian freelance writer and also enjoys writing anonymously for a self-help service group. He teaches religious education, volunteers as a chaplain, and serves in various other ministries.