As I sat down to write this week’s devotional, I had an idea in mind but I was fretting and fussing as how I was to exactly put my idea into words. Turning to the internet for inspiration, I typed in a few keywords of what I wanted to express and lo and behold, a perfect quote appeared that fit my thoughts exactly. Only one problem, it was a quip I had written in February 2007! Perhaps, you will forgive me for laughing hysterically at my discovery once you read on.
Over the past summer, I have become increasingly disturbed by the rash of reality television programs centering on the world of storage locker auctions and pickers who make their living by rummaging through people’s junk that has been stored away for decades in outbuildings, basements and attics.
I would never begrudge a person for using a storage locker for a legitimate reason such as temporary homelessness, floods or leaving the country for a period of time. However, many of the lockers up for auction are filled with collectables that have either been forgotten by their owners or are no longer of any use to their owner. When the owner defaults on their locker rent, the contents of these lockers are put up for auction, usually bringing in a fraction of the contents actual worth. Many of the units contain collectables and items held dear by seniors and put into storage when the senior moved to smaller quarters. Upon their death, their children simply don’t want to deal with the clutter and allowed the rent on the unit to go unpaid so the problem could be dealt by someone else.
I felt God saying, “So many of my people have received an abundance of blessings from me. I have poured gifts in them, I have blessed them with sound teaching and have equipped them with my weapons of warfare, yet these gifts lay dormant, my teachings are not put into practice and the weapons I gave them grow rusty from disuse.”
And so, I found myself looking for inspiration and came upon this quip I wrote four and a half years ago. I cleaned it up, dusted it off, gave it a bit of a ‘paint job’ grammatically speaking and here it is.
From the DCQ February 26, 2007
If you are feeling cluttered in your life, ask yourself, “Is there clutter in my life? Do I have a closet full of closed and sealed boxes that have been untouched in years without being used?” So it can be in our spiritual life. Do you have spiritual gifts, treasures, insights and lessons learned that you have put away into storage and are not using? Give them away! Utilize them in your life today! Clear the closet!