Have you ever looked out of a window and had to deal with a view filled with junk? I have.
It’s not a good feeling. In fact, it almost feels like a violation, to have your view accosted by garbage.
Recently I had such a window view. It gave me such an unpleasant feeling, and I proceeded to complain, criticize, even judge the perpetrators of the junk pile.
But, as so often happens with me, I immediately began to sense a lesson. And as soon as I begin to judge others, I am quickly reminded of my own short-comings.
You see, we all have junk piles.
Some of them are like the ones we can easily view outside of a window. They refuse to be hidden, refuse to just go away, and are difficult to avoid. They are in plain sight of the world.
Others are more secret. like the piles or clutter in our own real life basements: hidden, out of sight, and unknown to many.
But they all need to be dealt with. They all clutter our hearts and negatively affect the lives of those around us.
I am aware of some outward junk piles in my life. But because of (the introverted part of) my personality, most who do not know me well would not “see” my junk piles. They may not even be aware that they exist.
But my family and those I love the most often live blatantly staring at my junk. I am guilty of presenting my sins or the result of my “un-dealt-with” stuff to those with whom I am closest.
I don’t want to keep my junk piles for myself; I don’t wish to share them with my loved ones; I certainly don’t want to leave them out for anyone to see.
I have to realize that what I do, and especially what I say, can be “junk” to my listeners’ hearts…..or it can give life.
And I don’t want this junk to be my legacy. I want to chose words and deeds that are life-giving. I want my influence to be a positive one. I desire to bring love, and peace, and growth to those around me.
Whether the whole world sees it outside my window, or whether I only present it to those who are close enough that I allow them into my “basement”, I chose to banish the junk. I purpose to clean it up.
And I need Someone to help me.
Lord, help me to live unashamedly. Forgive me for uncontrolled words and actions that kill, rather than heal. Help me to speak and live more like you…..both in my public and private life. Amen.
” The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain;
the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.”
Proverbs 10:11 (NLT)
“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.”
Romans 6:16 (NLT)
” And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
Romans 8:2 (NLT)