Does anyone else have four loads of laundry scattered all over the sofa, ottoman and every living room surface waiting to be folded, hung and put away? Glad we are all in the same boat together! It is highly likely that our family will be dressing from the piles in the living room this week instead of the neatly folded piles in the dresser. But I know you won’t judge me for that.
Livi’s closet is crammed full of clothes. There’s no room to shove the hangers over enough to get clothes hung up much less pull anything out. She has so many clothes that need to be pulled out and donated because they don’t fit or she simply doesn’t wear them. A good closet purge is needed.
It takes time and energy to do a purge though. You have to have the mental, physical and emotional availability available prior to standing there for an hour pulling stuff out, assessing “does this fit,” “when is the last time this was worn,” “will this fix next season,” and “is this really necessary.” It seems like every weekend is too busy, or I’m too tired, or there’s more pressing projects to be done. Thus the laundry stays sitting on the couch due to no room made available in the closet.
If you don’t make time it won’t happen. If you don’t make it a priority it won’t get done. If you don’t do the purge you won’t have room for the new.
If you don’t make Christ a priority in your life you will never have time. If you don’t plan and schedule time to read your bible and have uninterrupted prayer time daily it won’t happen. If you don’t make Christ your number one then you will be forever too tired or too busy for ministry opportunities. If you never do the purge of junk in your life or junk in your heart you will never have room to add new ministry opportunities or new callings for your life.
Stop today, right now. Pull out your phone, your planner, your agenda, whatever you use, and schedule 5 minutes each day to spend time with God. Start small. Don’t try to conquer the world in a day. Make those 5 minutes, that small small block of time, your number one priority. Everything else comes after those 5 minutes, let nothing interrupt you. Even if that means you sit in your car for 5 minutes pulled over on the freeway with your cell phone off. 5 minutes. Pray for 1 minute, read your bible for 3 minutes, then close in prayer for the last minute.
Open your heart to God and let the purge of the old begin. You’ll be surprised how God turns that one time a day to many times a day and how your hunger for him grows from 5 minutes a day to hours upon hours.
PS: We are blessed upon blessed to have laundry to fold. We are thankful for the blessing of having laundry as so many people wish they would simply have clothes for their children, much less loads of laundry and a full closet. Every time I feel frustration or overwhelmed by chores of life (laundry, dishes, lawn, etc.) I praise God for having the blessing of the responsibility and the blessing of the possessions. The frustration and fatigue melt instantly.
1 Corinthians 5:7 – Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded.
Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Psalm 51:7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Isaiah 1:16-17 – Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.