We become so accustomed to limping, former procrastinators, that we think limping is normal. We don’t think we’d be ourselves if we gave up limping – or what causes it. Have we become so accustomed to limping with the weight of excess stuff that we’re fearful about losing the stuff? Is it more comfortable to put off the thought than to face it?
Is your identity in the mementoes you hold onto? Is your security in papers or awards received? Do they prove your life is of value?
I’m facing 3 questions. Is my stuff my identity? Does my stuff make me secure? Does my stuff have eternal significance?
Then… do I act like my answer to any of these questions is “yes”?
Identity – Do I think mementoes and papers validate my existence? Or prove my worth? Am I fearful that if I give them up, I give up myself?
Truth: My identity is in Jesus Christ who gave Himself for me. He lives in me, and I in Him. I am His cherished child without one single memento or proof of accomplishment.
Security – Do my mementoes, or files keep me safe? Perhaps I count on them for more than they can deliver.
Truth: I am in His hand and nothing can snatch me away. In Him I live and move and have my being. I have a better home in heaven where things are unshakeable. My name is in the Book of Life. He loves me and knows me thoroughly. He redeemed me. I am secure.
Significance – Do I need all the books and files I’ve held onto in order to make an impact in the lives of others?
Truth: The impact I want to make is written on tablets of the heart. Christ-exalting words and conduct make that impact in everyday opportunities supplied by God Himself. If He wants more, He’ll supply more. However He chooses to use me is what He values for eternity.
These truths give me a foundation for decluttering. Corrie ten Boom, Darlene Deibler, Eric Liddell were prisoners who had eternal identities, eternal security, and made eternal impact without earthly stuff.
Lord, take my limp.
Does your behavior indicate your identity, security, or significance is in your stuff?
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