So today my husband decided to start cleaning out his office, which got me motivated to clean out a few things too. And before you know it, we had piles of shredding and a bag or two of stuff to give away.
And that was just one dresser that we use to keep office/art supplies in and my husband’s office. I mean we had every tax return for our ENTIRE marriage. We will be celebrating 24 years in just a few weeks. Incredible.
I had piles of scrapbooking supplies that I had packed and taken house to house, state to state. And I haven’t done a scrapbook page since my daughter was 3 or 4. She is now 15. Help me, Lord.
As I looked at all those bags of shredding and scrapbooking supplies. I just kept asking myself, “Why have we carried these around so long? What was the point?”
These items take up room. They are unnecessary. I mean, who needs our tax return from 1991? No one. Not even me.
And while some have a love for scrapbooking, I don’t see it as something I really want to get back to any time soon. So why do I still have all this stuff?
I really couldn’t come up with a reason. They had just been around a long time and rather than dealing with them, we kept packing them up and taking them with us wherever we went.
It made me think about how often we do that in life.
We carry things we don’t really need around with us because of comfort or familiarity. Or maybe we just don’t know how to let go.
Perfectionism. Jealousy. Guilt. Envy. Resentment. Insecurity. Anger. Distrust.
The list could go on. We just keep packing it up and taking it with us because we always have.
But sometimes it is time to let go. Seriously.
It was freeing to take those bags of shredding to the trash. It was freeing to pack the scrapbook supplies away in the hope that someone else can use them.
Could you imagine if we truly lived our daily lives this way?
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
No baggage. No bondage. No burdensome things weighing us down. How much freer would we live?
To enjoy life. To chase thankfulness down every single day, in every single thing. To love ourselves and others like Christ loves us. To give more. Serve more. And worry less. A lot less.
I believe that is what the verse above intends. Christ wants us to live free in Him and rest in that.
But also take note that the verse says we must stand firm and not let ourselves be burdened again. It is something we must choose to do again and again. We must hold fast to releasing it and not picking it up again.
What if I went back out to garbage can and brought all those bags of shredded papers back into my house to keep? You would probably think I’d lost my mind.
It would make no sense to bring it all back in to clutter up my home and life, especially after I had been intentional about getting rid of it.
So whatever it is that is weighing you down, stealing your joy. Let. It. Go.
God can be trusted to carry it. His shoulders are big enough. He is good. He is loving. He is just. He will carry it for you if you will just let it go.