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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Clearing Out

I love to clean out. I have a bag in my trunk that I put something in a couple of times a week. Usually, it is clothing that I have decided "I do not love." When I do not love it - it's time to go. I never know when I am going to clean out - Mike will tell you it is usually when he is waiting on me to come watch our show! It feels so good to get rid of stuff! It truly is clutter.


That is the easy part but here is my hard part. I have LOTS of shoes, purses, hats, shawls, etc and I have a hard time letting them go. I love them but don't wear often. It doesn't matter what you love, the question is, is it cluttering your life? Clutter is a collection of things that are untidy. Mine are not untidy - I have a very organized closet but it is untidy to my mind. When I walk in my closet I think, "I have too much stuff!" You may do that in your house, den, garage, office, car or somewhere else.


We have to have less of us to have more of God. Don't we always want more? More time, more energy, more discipline, more willpower? During the holidays, my family wants a list and I am thinking of what clothes, shoes or purse I want. This year, thankfully, I told them I do not want or need anything but a trip to make memories. The truth is I only need more of one thing and that is Jesus. And I need less of me for sure!


I thought I was doing good to be half Jesus and half me. But Jesus wants all of us! He wants me to be all Him! Jesus said in Matthew 6: 24, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” We cannot serve God and ourselves!


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