One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:24-25, NIV
Does your office look like this? Do you have a basket overflowing with mail longing to be opened? Do you have piles of dirty clothes around the house? Are your cabinets bursting with too much food? Is the garage full of things that should find a new home?
Does all of this cause you to feel overwhelmed and beat yourself up:
- Why can’t I ever get organized?
- Why am I so lazy when it comes to my stuff?
- It feels like everyone else has got this figured out except for me.
My house isn’t bad – neat but the dust bunnies do know that they could live for some time at my house. I never thought about the fact that my “hot mess of a desk” or the piles of mail actually might be a spiritual battle that keeps me cluttered?
Maybe you don’t use the words “just for now” as part of your indecision on what to do with “stuff”. Maybe your three words are “Just in case.” GUILTY! Things aren’t as bad as they used to be when I had more space. Now with less space at the condo, I have released some of my “just in case” clothes – the ones just in case I gain my weight back. The extra food that was on sale “just in case” I need it to fix a meal or can’t go grocery shopping or we get a storm.
The truth is when we start to hold onto things with a “just in case” mentality, what we are saying in some small but significant way is that we are the bottom line instead of trusting in God’s provision.
Donating those too big jeans or sharing the extra food is a great way to not only be God’s hands by providing for another’s needs, BUT you will also receive the blessing of less stuff crowding your home and keeping you from living the life you were designed to live.
I needed this reminder today….When we trust God to meet us in our present circumstances, as well as trusting him for our future needs, we are talking about actively growing our faith in him. When we hoard, stockpile and surround ourselves with things we don’t need with a mentality of “But maybe someday I’ll need it,” or “Just in case,” we are taking matters into our own hands instead of trusting God for our future.
God has given most of us more than we could ever hope for or imagine. Imagine your life being free knowing you are helping others as well as yourself. Don’t let fear be the reason that you hold onto something. TRUST that God will provide for your needs in every area of your life.
What are you holding onto that could bless someone else? BE HONEST!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!