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Dealing with Junk



By   Katherine Wilson      3:41 PM      Labels: , , , ,  
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Junk.

You all know it well. That pile of mail that accumulates on your kitchen table or counter, the stuff you shove into the coat closet and even your bedroom closet: Old shoes, jackets, boxes of papers, old school notes, random assortments of nails, pennies, blunt pencils and broken glasses or flashlights.

It feels like I have been dealing with lots of junk lately. Trying to keep out living room/ kitchen clean is a giant undertaking. Especially when the couch becomes not only our movie watching area, but our dinner eating spot (when the bar at the kitchen is too cluttered) and even a study area as T.W. is going through his second semester of seminary. Somehow everything gets dumped in this room, clothes, shoes, mail, books, my craft stuff that sits around calling my name but never gets used... everything. Even dirty dishes. I have to be honest. I have never been a neat freak, but I do enjoy having a place for everything when I get tired of my mess and start to clean up. At the moment we do not have enough bookshelf space for our books, and due to the nature of the seminary beast and our general nerdiness, books accumulate and will pile into drifts continuing to do so until we die.

The sucky thing is,
while we can always throw stuff into the bedroom, close the door, and then have people over fooling them that our apartment is clean and organized and we only have absolutely what we need... we know it's there... waiting for us to deal with when the guests leave. Kind of like our problems... more specifically our sin and the results thereof. I am so guilty of keeping a facade of hunky-dory-ness and underneath hurting, worrying, thinking sinful thoughts and letting the things of life latch onto me like baggage.  The things of this world tend to weigh us down, surrounding us with more than just material or physical junk. There is emotional residue. The inability to forgive a person for the pain they caused you, the loss of a loved one, the inability to feel confident in one's self because of the constant barrage of ads and people you compare yourself to.

In Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, Christian, the main character is going through life with a physical representation of these emotions and junk: "I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back."

In Isaiah 64:6 it says:
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 

Our sins in thought, word and deed keep us sepparated from God, and until we repent (which means turning our back, not just putting it aside to maybe pick up later) and ask Him for forgiveness and salvation, we will continue to deal with junk. You know when you go on vacations and eat out a lot, eating all of the yummy things that you don't normally get at home. The convenience store snacks to and from the beach taste great until you stop and realize you haven't eaten one green thing since you left your house three days ago. You feel gross, weighed down, with no energy at all. No wonder we feel like we need a vacation from our vacations some times! But a little exercise, some water, some healthy food and we feel great! We don't feel those cravings for fried twinkies and the like. We have energy to tackle our day.

It is hard to let the things of this world go. I work in a mall, and I have written before about how rampant the materialism is and how easy it is to get caught up in it and lust after everything in the stores and what people are wearing as they shop with you. It's fun! You can imagine yourself looking so great in that new outfit, even that cheap $5 necklace on sale. Oh her shoes are just too cute! I even find myself envying women of their cute babies. Yes. It is possible to turn into a green eyed monster over children! It all comes from a lack of satisfaction and thankfulness for what the Lord has given me. We are beyond blessed. This is why:

Ephesians 2
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power in the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience - among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being RICH IN MERCY, because of the GREAT LOVE with which he loved us, EVEN WHEN WE WERE DEAD in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - By GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED - and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus...For by Grace you have been SAVED BY FAITH. And this is not your own doing, it is the GIFT of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

You see? We were not created to be what we are now. We are sinners, but we have a savior, who not only delivers us from the burdens of this world, washes them from us, accepts us, and not only this, but we are then considered one with Christ. We are restored to our heavenly Father and then able to do good things for Him. This happens ONLY if we surrender our worldly desires, acknowledge we cannot do anything to make ourselves "good" and that we know HE alone is our savior.
The "junk" or our "iniquities" (really big word for sins) is then lifted away, and we start to become what God intended us to be. Servants for him, doing good throughout the world and being a light to those around us.

"just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more. Then Christian was glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, 'He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.'"

This is the JOY I hope you know. There is nothing in this world that will offer what Christ gives to you freely. No self help book, no system of organizing your life and becoming a happier you. Nothing in this world gives the lasting happiness and salvation and JOY even in the midst of the junk surrounding us. Do you know it? Dear friends, I hope and pray that you do.

I am totally free for chatting if you want to hear more! Just leave a comment, or if you want, send me a private message on my twitter: @kate_wren. I would love to talk about the never ending Grace of God, and how it is a million times better than having a clean living room!
Love,
Kate

About Katherine Wilson

Katherine is your typical white female who likes pumpkin spice lattes, anything fall scented, and the color 'mint'. But She also is the wife of a seminary student and a woman who strives to live a creative life for the glory of her maker. Now ain't that somethin' different?

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