Every spring, I get a strong urge to go through my entire place and get rid of everything! I don’t know if it’s a spring cleaning bug or what…but I want everything gone. I think after a winter of mostly staying inside, I am ready for the clutter to go away and new life to enter in.
As I look around at all of my possessions (and let’s be honest, most of us have way more than we need!) it gives me a chance to do a few things. One, I can take a moment and thank God for the good things in my life. Two, I can pass along the things I no longer use and continue to acknowledge the generosity given to me.
But here’s where I would encourage us to go a bit deeper. What if we get to the heart of the matter long before new possessions come into our lives? What if we took the time to look inside ourselves and question our motives for amassing so many “things” in our life? What if instead of covering over hurts, pains, joys, and everything in between with more stuff, we instead took the time to lay it before the feet of Jesus and surrender our hurts, pains, and joys to Him?
None of these questions have easy answers, but through the spiritual practice of simplicity we can begin to surrender everything we have. Jesus teaches us this through these words found in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This week I encourage you to take a look at your tangible, physical stuff. Go room to room. Give things away. Donate to others. And then comes the hard part…leave space. Space for God. Space for others. Space for new life to enter in.