Spring Cleaning

Well, Spring began in Oklahoma two weeks ago. And in true Oklahoma fashion, you wouldn’t know it by the freeze warning we had this last weekend. But with Spring comes some great things – Opening Day (let’s go Rangers!), perfect golf weather, March Madness, turkey season, sunshine, and the annual act of spring cleaning.

I don’t know about you, but this Monday morning I felt that incredible urge to clean. Ok, so that is a bit weird, and I probably should have my head checked, but this is my reality for the moment. I have spent a good portion of the morning cleaning out my inbox, unsubscribing from newsletters and promo emails (sorry Golf Digest and Expedia), and trudging through the ridiculous amount of spam-y emails for stuff I never signed up for. At this rate, I will most likely spend my lunch hour cleaning house, and then after work I will proceed to rummaging through all of our stuff in the garage and extra bedroom.

Soon enough, we will be having a garage sale to pass on all of our stuff for a small price. In the act of Spring cleaning, it is comical to find all the junk that we haven’t used in a while. It is even more hysterical to ask the question, “why do we have this?” I’m looking at you mannequin head…don’t ask! But it brings to light some deeper spiritual truths that I want to share with you on this abnormally productive Monday.

  1. We all have junk that we have held on to for too long. “Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19. This was a reminder from the prophet Isaiah concerning the Hebrew children that walked out of Egypt. So many things from our past try to pull us backward and try to draw us back in time. In the same way that the crowd determined that things were better while they were in slavery in Egypt, we often cling to things of the past because we feel as though they are necessary for us to live. But God wants to remind you that He is doing a new thing. Cast off the old and step in to the new.
  2. Value is found in ownership, not in existence. I love the current Geico commercial in which the gecko is selling some of his belongings in a yard sale. When asked for a much lower price on one of his chairs, he gives a rebuttal to explain the value of the chair. We all have things that seem priceless to us, but may seem negotiable to the world around us. The same is true of us and our Lord, Jesus Christ. “Now this is what the Lord says— the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel— “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine…Because you are precious in my sight and honored, and I love you, I will give people in exchange for you and nations instead of your life.” Isaiah 43:1,4. We are found valuable, priceless, by the one who redeemed us and called us His own.
  3. We have something that someone else needs. I have always been greatly amused at what people will purchase at a garage sale. Then again, I have come home from a day of shopping some yard sales and thought to myself “why did I but that again?” I can’t explain the awkward need I have to buy any chair that I see. You can ask Lindsay, there are times it gets out of control. I have a problem, knowing is half the battle, I will seek counseling as long as the office has a comfy chair to sit in. And back to the task at hand – it seems that someone always has something that someone else needs. The same is true of your life, your experiences, your walk with Christ, your insight from the Lord, even simply your presence. I’m not even sure why it surprises or amazes me anymore that myself or someone I know is going through something or needing counsel in a matter and all of a sudden the Lord has placed someone in our lives that has experience or speak directly to the matter.

So what is it that you have to offer folks in the “yard sale of life?” Is it a testimony of God’s goodness, faithfulness, or simply His grace? Maybe it is wisdom for a certain situation? Could it be that someone has a basic need of your presence, your countenance (love that old KJV word), or possibly your gift or talent? While you are spending some time doing some physical AND spiritual Spring cleaning in these coming weeks, make sure to remember that you have something that someone else has been searching for. Share it and enjoy the incredible warmth that Spring can bring.

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