As my ankle strengthened, former procrastinators, I asked, “Why didn’t I do this sooner and force myself to walk straight the last 6 months?” I didn’t know I could. I was afraid forcing it would cause damage. When the doctor told me to make myself walk normally, I ceased being concerned about doing damage and I pressed forward. Hallelujah!
When another person gives you permission to lay aside excess stuff by removing it from your home, it opens a whole new world of possibilities. Don’t be frightened you’ll do damage. When someone else tells you what to do and how, it can be like learning to walk normally. When a friend or acquaintance sets the example, you have a reference point.
As a fellow declutterer, I give you permission to let go of excess stuff in your home. Waiting for emotional change of perspective or time is a delay tactic that pulls you farther down. But don’t just get my support. Numerous declutter experts online offer excellent help. Here’s one. www.theminimalmom.com
By fearing we’ll do damage if we let go of stuff, we do more damage by holding onto it. I hold onto things because I think I might use them someday. It hit me: Keeping things for their potential is robbing me of mine. My potential is lost as I manage stuff.
“Make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” Don’t stay on the crooked road with your limp and get worse. Make your way straight by obeying. You can walk well, heal, and run the race. We’re learning that here.
There’s no need to fear the new world we’ll walk into as we force ourselves into freedom. The Lord is with us ready to bless beyond our greatest imaginings. As He strengthens us through the cleanout, He strengthens us for our walk of freedom.
Say aloud, “I’m allowed to get rid of excess stuff.” Ask the Lord to help you imagine life without it.
Andrea Salgado says
yes, especially when we must force ourselves to walk out of the comfort zone. I’ve for sure had to learn that this season, but when we walk with the Lord it feels gentle and safe. I love the verse:
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…” (Jude 1:24)