Last weekend my neighbors had a garage sale to end all garage sales.
After 35 years in their 4-bedroom, 2-story home in NJ, they’ve decided to downsize and move to a condo in Florida. They said with happy smiles, “Everything has to GO. We won’t have room for it at the beach!”
Although I needed nothing, curiosity led me in to look. From measuring cups to Christmas décor to the dining room table, indeed, everything in every room of the house was ‘priced to sell’.
I wished them well in their new life in the sunny South, but I reflected for days at the massive amounts of STUFF I saw that was once dear, but now going for bargain basement prices. It made me look at our own house, so full of things that we can truly do without, and no doubt will, one day.
The garage sale also was in keeping with the theme of Lent, when we enter the desert with Jesus.
I thank God, that every year our faith invites us to do a personal ‘spiritual house cleaning’.
The Lord in his wisdom knows I can be a pack rat of useless things that distract me from what’s important. This year, my own honest self-inventory revealed to me in prayer, that there were things more important for me to give up than chocolate or coffee.
The clutter that I must free myself of is not furniture or dishes or antique lamps. It’s the useless inner ‘stuff’ that has piled up in my soul, the distracting ‘junk’ that is blocking the windows and keeping His light from shining in. The internal chatter that convinces me of some ‘perfect life’ that may still unfold, if I pray hard enough or keep ‘working at it’. (I’m certainly at a good age to let THIS one go, once and for all!)
My ‘it all has to go’ garage sale means releasing old resentments, envy, unforgiveness, and ingratitude. They serve no purpose other than to keep me from the joyful life ‘at the beach’ that God offers me, and all of us, if we’re willing to trust His plan and follow.
Pray with me: Lord, keep my eyes fixed on you this Lenten Season, and help me ‘carry to the curb’ anything that keeps me from your promise of true abundance that lasts for eternity. Amen!
Share with us: What were you moved to give up this Lent?