Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14
When does collecting and saving stuff cross the line from being helpful and cost-effective to just clutter and junk? My siblings and I discovered that answer when we took on the task of emptying my dad’s barn.
We inherited a 10 acre Pinot Gris vineyard in Yamhill County, Oregon, when my dad passed away. ￼￼￼ He had spent the last 30 years of his life doing what he loved: working outside, farming the land and pursuing a variety of projects and hobbies.
My siblings and I were blessed to find a buyer that wanted to continue dad’s work, but before we could close the deal we had to clean out the barn. That was easier said than done. My dad had grown up during the great depression of the 1930s. He had learn to save and reuse everything, with the philosophy, “￼You never know when you might need it again.”￼￼
His barn was completely full! It took us five days of hard work to empty it. We filled two, 30 yard dumpsters with miscellaneous wood and debris, ￼took several trailer loads of scrap metal and aluminum to be recycled and actually cut apart an old motorboat, so it would fit in the dumpster.￼
Dad had so much junk squirreled away in that barn, that there was no room for him to work on his new ideas and projects anymore. His obsession with keeping everything “just in case”, crowded out his barn until “keeping everything” was his only hobby.
The barn looked so good when we were done. Huge and clean and ready for a multitude of uses.￼
Working on all that clutter, made me think about the clutter in my own life. Did I have useless junk taking up space, that was preventing me from serving Jesus with all of my heart? Time wasters, like: social media, phone games, endless news updates, and even physical clutter in my home that was distracting me from digging into the Word of God and hearing His direction and purpose for my day.
Do you have useless clutter in your own life? I encourage you to prayerfully reflect on what you spend your time on. Let the Lord show you what can be tossed out and what may need to be limited in your life.
With a good working space in our hearts and minds there’s no limit to the ways the Lord can use us to serve Him.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for my many blessings, but help me keep my focus on you rather than on the stuff I have and the things I do. Show me what is cluttering my life and taking my focus away from you. Help me clean out what is not needed, so I can serve you and love you with all of my heart. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.￼￼￼￼
For further reading: Joshua 24