The first Monday in July is here! How is yours going so far? If you didn’t get a chance to do some spring cleaning or de-cluttering, in your home or your life, maybe this point in the early summer would be a good time to start!
It might be a good time to “put off putting things off” – in other words, overcome procrastination and make a clean sweep, literally and figuratively!
Your devotional thoughts for this Monday…
“Have you ever gone on a cleaning rampage to straighten up your home or office? Did you enjoy pitching junk, straightening objects, and organizing materials so that you could find them when you need them?
You may need to get on a a Holy Ghost rampage and do the same thing with your life. Say, ‘I’ve had enough bondage. I’ve had enough negative thoughts. I’ve had enough lies of the devil.
I’m not going to be discouraged, depressed, or despondent. I am going to enjoy my life!’
Jesus is ready to help you live life to the fullest!”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“Procrastination may be one of the enemy’s most effective tools in his assault on the children of God. We prefer to struggle through life for years, carrying around the 200-pound monkey of our past sin or unresolved conflict rather than take the hour, day, or week it might take to put the monkey where it belongs.
How many times have family members carried past offenses against each other, sometimes not speaking to one another for years, waiting until their final breaths in a hospital room to forgive one another and make up?
What a waste! Would it be better to ditch the ‘monkey’ of broken relationships and bitterness TODAY so you can enjoy years of rich relationship in the future?
Whatever hinders you from obeying God and being transformed, it has to go. Whether it’s credit cards, your reputation, success, security, ambition, or your favorite drug of choice, God is calling for a clean sweep.
Many of our challenges may not be ‘evil’ in and of themselves. But know that everything God desires requires obedience from the HEART, and He freely uses outward things to work the inward process of your transformation.”
–Dr. Tim Clinton in “Turn Your Life Around”
-1- I know I certainly need to do this literally, continue with my decluttering, cleaning, and reorganizing. Clutter in my physical spaces is much too rampant and visible in nearly every photo I look at of pictures taken in our home. Clutter in my emotional, mental, and spiritual “spaces” could also use some dedicated cleaning, sorting, and reorganizing!
-2- This one really hits home to me because of some current family situations, but also because we are approaching the 4th anniversary of my Mom’s passing (7-7-11) and there was some of this belated forgiving going on in her last days and hours of life.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Are you an organized person, or can you relate to this need to do some decluttering in various areas of your life?
-2- Does this one strike a chord with you, if you have unresolved conflict in your life or with other loved ones or friends?