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Take Out the Garbage
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As I was backing out the driveway, I remembered that is was garbage day. I stopped, went back in the house, and gathered the garbage to put by the curb. With this routine task accomplished, I got back in the car and left.

As I was driving away, I was thinking how it was a good thing that I remembered the garbage. If I had missed the garbage pick up time, it would have to sit around for another week. I'd have trouble fitting two weeks garbage in my cans and it would start smelling. I was happy I'd remembered to do this weekly chore until these thoughts pricked my conscience. Why am I interested and intent on making sure I get rid of garbage in my house, but don't take time to get rid of garbage in my life? How much room is left for the good things if I don't get rid of the trash that accumulates in my mind and heart? Which matters more – outward or inward trash?

Stinking Attitudes
I doubt I am alone in failing to be as diligent at removing garbage from my life as I am from my home. It can be a painful and messy process when we bring old hurts, habits, memories, and stinking attitudes to the surface to be removed. We can choose to leave our garbage inside and try to forget about it. We can pile good deeds, busyness, and various distractions on it to cover the ugliness and stench, but it is still there. When life heats up and troubles blow, the past garbage we haven't dealt with often resurfaces.
God already knows all the garbage in our lives. We can give Him our anger, fear, hurts, lies, and sins. If we give God the old stinking messed up trash of our past, He can and will take it and replace it with something new and beautiful.

A clean house is nice, but a clean heart and mind will be a blessing now and for eternity. So before we rush into another day, let's go to God and ask Him to help us get rid of the garbage in our lives.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”  (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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