After many years of pondering the idea of having a walk-in closet, we finally bit the bullet and did it with our bathroom renovations. The decision wasn’t easy because its obvious location required us to kick our son out of his bedroom and move him to the guest room. In the end it worked to both of our advantages because we would get our walk-in closet and he would actually fit in his bed and have his own bathroom.
However; the journey to the walk in closet would include several months of no closet at all. So picture a room with a bed in the middle of a cluster of clothes, shoes and purses. Our clothes and stuff surrounded us like mosquito netting. It’s a wonder that our dreams weren’t all about living in a jungle of clothes.
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, is being mocked in our bedroom because it is based on the belief that our surroundings and their placement affect the harmony in a room. No harmony in this bedroom. It felt claustrophobic, chaotic, and in no small measure…confusing.
(Important note: I’m not ascribing to this practice. As Christians we know that only Jesus can bring true harmony. However, God is a God of order and I believe there is some solid reasoning behind certain aspects of this.)
It’s almost embarrassing to admit how happy I was when our new closet was finished. I overhead my son say to my husband… “What’s with mom?” “Oh, she’s just happy because they finished the closet today.” Hmmm. I heard that. “Do you really think that’s why I’m happy? Do I usually seem unhappy?” Yikes, that’s sad but, truth be told, I was very happy. No crime in that.
I snuck back upstairs to check it all out again with my ear to ear smile intact and started the process of putting order back to our bedroom, giving everything its proper place and making a huge pile to give away. Yay! While doing my color-coded inventory I noticed a lot of white shirts. I can’t even tell you how many. Notes to Self:
Don’t need any more white shirts!
Pay closer attention to household budget.
Enjoy all that you are blessed with but don’t worship your stuff or your new closet. It’s temporary
How about the people that surround us? Are we taking proper inventory of our relationships? Many times I get so caught up in “stuff” that my relationships don’t get the attention they deserve. Like a pile of clothes sitting in a corner collecting dust, do we forget about those who may need us because they are out of sight?
Paul and the apostles considered themselves stewards of the mysteries of God. It was their responsibility to take meticulous care of what God entrusted to them and most importantly, give it out to others faithfully.
This is where we are to take up the reins so Jesus can be known! God entrusts us with people He sends our way. We need to be aware of this and devote time and attention to cultivating these relationships.
This week take a little spiritual inventory:
What gives my life meaning?
What are my gifts and how have I used them?
How well have I learned to love, show kindness & tenderness?
Who has God put in my life that needs me?
Is there anything that I am putting before God?
After that… why not clean out a closet or two? The first activity will bring you true joy; the second will bring you great temporary happiness, until you mess up the closet again. J
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
“We can become so preoccupied with our own ambitions and distracted by the busyness of our lives that we become ineffective in ministering to those whom God sends to us. It is even possible to become so involved in religious activity that we are of no help to anyone. Regularly, take inventory of your life to see if you are being a faithful steward of every life God sends to you.” ~ “Experiencing God Day-by-Day” by Henry T. & Richard Blackaby
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were meant for another world.” C.S. Lewis
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