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It is closet cleaning week for me. I know, I know, ugh! I am one of those procrastinators, who when it comes to opening that door of the small dark hole at the end of the hallway that I do not greet it with exuberance. But who does, right? Between you and me, I’ve got all kinds of things in this one closet and it is this one that I dread the most. Do you have one of those? Well, I do and it comes with a huge box of miscellaneous items that I have just thrown in there over time because I did not want to deal with them. Yep, I have let them pile on each other, one at a time. Oh! and the thing is I did not give a care when I did it. Always said to myself, I will deal with it later. You know what I mean?
This got me to thinking about the lives of the women I have ministered to over the past several years. How I have seen many throw one thing on top of another and say they will deal with it later or not at all. Until one day, they blow a casket and need someone to help them through. Sometimes we can not wait until our closets become filled with messy boxes. It is better to deal and heal when the situation is fresh in order for us to move forward and become a better us. Those that love us for who we are deserve the best us. It is not an easy choice to make to deal but it is better than waiting until the last-minute to clean up the mess.
How much do our lives look like uncleaned closets? How many huge miscellaneous boxes do we have that contain so many issues we haven’t dealt with because we are afraid or just want to ignore? We are not always looking forward to digging in our messy box and pulling out those things that need re-evaluation or consideration for dismissal. At times, we feel it is best left hidden under all the other things we pile right on top.
Ever notice that soon our messy box becomes so full of un-dealt issues that we become overwhelmed and just decide to bury that box even further into the back of the closet? Ever notice that we shut the door of the closet with a subtle push, so as not to disturb what is within? Ever notice how we walk around the other side of the room to avoid the closet door – as if some how it will vanish into thin air, gone forever? Ever notice how we hide behind our material things, false identities, ministries, or activities so that we become too busy to remind ourselves its time to clean?
I know I have in times past, but honestly it really feels good to begin to pull those items out of the messy box one by one. Each at their own time and examine the how’s, why’s, and why not’s. It is not always easy to deal with our issues that cause us or others pain, but it is best for us and for those who love us.
When it is time to ‘deal’ we sometimes have to take someone with us to help us do the walk through of removal – removal of things that are hidden and have pulled us into a dark hole. It is in the partnership of another that we can find strength, boldness, and the willingness for examination and letting go.
For those who find it hard to climb out of the dark hole ~ For those that it seems that the messy box is too overwhelming ~ For those that feel all alone ~ For those that have become accustomed to their surroundings of darkness due to past and present hurts, fears, pain and abuse ~ There is a truth that you should know ~
“The enemy of your soul will hide you in your pain, shame, self-pity, low self-esteem, low self-worth long enough to blind you from the truth of your potential. When blinded you will not see how valuable you are and how far you will be able to go. Mindsets of doubt and unbelief will hinder you from ever reaching the purpose for your life.”
~ Insightful Reflections of the Human Kind © 2012 by Jennifer Goodson
How long are you going to hide your messy box in the closet? How long are you going to lie in your mess? How long are you going to think you are not good enough? That you do not have what it takes to move mountains, to step upon higher ground?
I urge you to not wait too much longer because the enemy of your soul is here to steal, kill, and destroy your purpose. Take off the blinders, step out of the dark hole, and grasp the hand of the One who is right in front of you. You will get to where you got to go ~ just begin the process.
Your life is full of purpose in all that you do, in all that you encounter – do not waste anymore time ~ Live your life with purpose, on purpose.
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