Valuable Real Estate

by Feb 12, 2016Easy and Light

Valuable Real Estate

You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Colossians 3:9b-10 (NIV)

I recently discovered that my night stand has a real estate problem. Since I’m a high-maintenance sleeper, it’s already fairly crowded with all the things I like to have close at hand – my phone and glasses, tissues, water, lip balm, cough drops, Kindle and such. But a few days ago, I realized that our ceiling fan remote has been sitting there for months. Besides the fact that it’s winter and we haven’t needed the fan in a while, the remote is broken and useless. However, there it was, taking up valuable real estate and escaping my notice for far too long.
Lord God, help us to live lives uncluttered by useless things. Give us wisdom and insight to see what is crowding our soul, and courage to put it aside.

With the Lenten season beginning this week, I’m trying to pay attention to my spiritual real estate. What things are cluttering up my soul? What practices and habits are useless, taking up valuable space in my life and heart, keeping me from living out God’s purposes in my life? God’s pointed out a few of them, and I’ve committed to giving them up for the period of Lent. Whether you practice giving up something for Lent or not, you can ask God to help you take stock, and assess whether something needs to be cleared out of your own spiritual real estate.

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