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Junk Drawer
Junk drawer
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Do you have a “junk drawer?” Almost everyone I know has one, including me. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please let me explain. This amazing “monster” consists of a drawer (or, in some cases a box or plastic container) that has been set aside for the sole purpose of collecting items that one believes are too good to throw away.

Upon current inspection of our “junk drawer,” I found the following items:
  • At least 100 pens and pencils of various sizes, shapes, colors, and chew marks.
  • Useless bits of wire in a variety of colors.
  • At least two sets of cheap headphones that do not work.
  • One half of a clothespin. (I fully expect to find the other half some time soon!)
  • One bent and useless screwdriver.
  • A variety of small nails and screws (most of them unusable because they are bent or stripped.)
  • Paperclips
Believe me, this is only a partial list. The drawer is so full that I also have employed a medium sized plastic box to handle the “overflow.” I’ve promised myself to tackle it “one of these days,” but right now I’m kind of busy. It’s a job that needs to be done, but it’s not first on my list.

In one’s “spiritual junk drawer” hides all of the things that could possibly be useful at a later date and could include some of the following:

• That juicy bit of gossip that can be saved for relational ammunition (if, and when it is needed.)
• Feelings of hatred towards someone who has hurt them in the past.
• The incredible guilt that still looms …even though they’ve asked forgiveness.
• A spiritual “score-card” that's looked at from time to time to make sure they’re “on the right track.”

Feel free to apply this little exercise to your personal situation, and add your own “junk” where applicable. Fact is; many people have these (or other) little things that spiritually clutter their lives and affect their relational walk with the Almighty. These little bits of debris keep them from moving forward as they truly desire to do.

We need help, and God is the only One who can provide what we need! 

“Create in me a pure heart, oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

When we choose to spiritually de-clutter our lives, God is there to replace our worthless items with something of lasting value. It begins with a choice to allow Him to clean out the “junk drawer.”

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