There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens ... a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away ..." ---Ecclesiastes 3:1,6
Last week I wondered something.
Some of the books I sat aside to fling away (150 so far) are ones I'd imagined always keeping. Like, the-day-before-Heaven-keeping.
And during past book cullings, my mind's back rooms whispered, "Relax. You can always buy more books later." Yet this time? Only silence.
"What does this feel like?" I mused. "This feels final-ish, like something from long ago, yet what is it?"
Similarly, I wrapped paper toweling around knick-knacks, ones with huge sentimental value, and placed them also in plastic bags. Into our recycling tote went pretty magazine rooms from decades-old binders and, also, vintage poems I'd written. I even released a journal (more will follow).
"Man, what does this feel like?," I kept asking amongst the papers all over our guest room floor.
Finally, the answer came. This feels like cleaning-up after a party. This party being, my life.
Party items--streamers, signs, refreshments, paper plates and cups--serve a specific purpose during a gathering's duration. But you do not keep them forever. You use, play with and appreciate party things; they help you celebrate.
And then you bag them up.
You let them go. Release them. Then, with your memories, you move on to the next thing, hopefully a Life-brimming journey.
God's 'next things' always contain a vibrancy, for He's all about Life. He is Life.
Whew. This 'cleaning-up after a party' analogy will (more likely) enable me to release what God asks. He sees my future! And in this moment He knows exactly what will invigorate me in years ahead and what will unnecessarily wear. me. out.
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." --- 1 Peter 5:7 Cooperate with God and we'll walk in wisdom rather than exhaustion. Release past seasons and we'll shake-off burdens and step in freedom. When God's finished with a season in our lives, we need to be, also.
Want a new life? First release the old one.
Warning: Old seasons God's finished with may contain the following:
movies, tv series
wrong thinking, lessons
ministries (yours or others')
thrift store-shopping for fun
Folks, last week I counted my books (including cookbooks, diaries and magazines). The final number? 741. Oh dear. Ol' Debra does not need 741 books, especially when she owns even more on Kindle (97% were free).
Ugh. Hanging my head here..... but moving on with much hope!
Oh, the humidity!
The more stuff we own, the more energy we expend caring for it, energy we could've used in more eternal ways.
Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15