I'm Moving Out
If you didn’t read that title as the line in the Billy Joel song of the same name, please go back and read it again in that way. If you don’t know what line it is, please go look up the song, listen to it, and then come back and read it again. I can’t stress this enough. I don’t want the joke to be lost on you. Back to business.
I’m getting married in less than a month. That means it’s time to start packing up and move on out of the apartment I’m in. I’ll admit, I was pretty confident going into it. “All I’ll need to move is my gear, and my books.” But turns out…I’ve got a lot of crap.
This past week I decided to pick a closet and just go at it. Some things were easy to toss in the trash or put in a box for Goodwill. Other things weren’t so easy to let go. Now we’re talking about things I literally haven’t touched in the entire year I’ve lived in this apartment. Why is that hard to throw out? Why do I have three PlayStation One controllers and a PlayStation that probably doesn’t even work? Do I really need the July 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine? I’m sure Zakk Wylde had some great tips in there, but it’s been twelve years and I’ve still never read them. Do I really need VHS tapes of Disney Channel shows I recorded 15 years ago? Probably. The point is I have all of these things I’m holding onto that are contributing nothing, but taking up space. Maybe I’m just a hoarder at heart.
It lit a fire and Spring Cleaning is in full effect in my apartment. It really is a great feeling to let go of all of this junk that has been sitting around. But it got me thinking. What if we treated our hearts this way? How often could we use a Spring Cleaning of all of the junk that we hold on to? How much hurt do we hold onto from the past? What things are taking up space in our hearts where God could be working? How much hate do we hold against the guy that just cut us off in traffic? Okay that last one was just for me…I’ve been told I have “road rage”. You couldn’t tell but I said road rage very sarcastically. What people have we been holding out forgiveness on? See brought it back to a serious one.
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30
This verse came to mind when I started thinking about all of this. Because what it comes down to is exactly what it says. When we let Jesus become greater and greater in our hearts, and when we become less to ourselves, all of the junk we hold onto becomes a lot less important. I’m thinking in the midst of all of this Spring Cleaning, it wouldn’t hurt to take a little heart inventory. That being said, I’ll probably still keep the PlayStation.