Where did it all come from?

One of the best known “laws” of science states, “Life comes only from life,” but I am convinced that sometimes inanimate objects must “multiply” all by themselves. Exhibit A: my desk. Papers seem to appear out of nowhere, my “Books to Read” stack just keeps getting taller and taller, and the “Mail to Answer” box is overflowing. Pens seem to magically multiply overnight or disappear into thin air, never to be seen again. Then there are CDs to listen to and DVDs to watch. Where do they all come from? Not to mention the dust that appears from “nowhere.”

Periodically I go on a “clean out, give away, throw away, organize” binge. It feels good to dump piles of unread periodicals and delete hundreds of e-mails, even though they contain lots of interesting and potentially “useful” information. It’s good to sort through drawers and closets to get rid of accumulated seldom-used “stuff.” But it’s even more important to get rid of internal “stuff” that bogs us down and hinders our walk with the Lord – accumulated mental baggage, wrong attitudes, buried emotions, and wrong priorities.

So, along with fall cleaning, it’s good to do some “life cleaning” – to remove the “junk” and re-focus on what’s truly of value – the “simplicity that is in Christ.” (II Cor. 11:3) It takes consistent determination and discipline to“[bring] into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor 10:5) and to “lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us.” (Heb. 12: 1) It also takes persistence and endurance to “press toward the mark for the price of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14) and to “run with patience the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of faith.” (Heb. 12: 1-2) But it’s worth it!

Mary Jo Nutting

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