What to take, What to leave?

Submitted by Chris Conly on Thu, 10/03/2019 - 05:13

Over the past four years my family has moved four times.  Five years ago I was not working on a plan to move our family an average of one time per year.  I was, however, and I am continuing, to work on our plan of following God’s Will for our family at Any Time, Any Where, and at Any Cost (ATAWAC).  With that being the plan for our family, I know that what I want for our family may not come to pass.  One thing I do know is that whatever God desires will come to pass, with or without my family.  When my will and God’s Will collide, I already know who’s plan will be left behind.  As Jesus told Saul of Tarsus, “It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”  Saul’s will and God’s Will were colliding.

Time marches on for all of us.  Regardless of plans or desires, time keeps moving forward, and as time progresses things get left behind.  In each of our four moves, there were things we left behind.  For whatever reason, we believed this or that possession was no longer needed.  Some things were very hard to leave behind, while other things baffled us as to how they had made it this far.  Moving forces us to take inventory and evaluate our need for certain possessions.  The box with all the clothes Phyllis made for Olivia.  We don’t need them to dress Olivia, but they will never be left behind.  Pictures, videos and family heirlooms, do not make a comfortable bed, but they are part of our past we take with us.  Dining room tables, bedroom suites, cookware, we take these things as we move because they are foundational.  We spend a lot of time with these items.  They aid us greatly in our daily activities, not to mention the money and labor spent to acquire them.  Isn’t it funny how these are the heaviest items to move yet we never question if they should be left behind?

The things that are easiest to leave behind are the things we have outgrown and carry little or no valuable memories. This is the junk of our life.  Junk needs to be discarded.  It is only a burden, weighing us down, slowing our progress.  When Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he had no idea of the junk Jesus was about to cut out of his life.  Jesus forced him to take inventory.  Saul had to evaluate his possessions and realize what he had outgrown.  With the help of the best moving friend ever, God’s Holy Spirit, they disposed Saul’s junk.  Once the junk was gone, Saul became Paul and began to make statements like this, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

How often do any of us allow Jesus to take inventory and throw away the junk in our lives?  He is always on the move and desires all of us to come along.  Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to join Him because the junk in their life has immobilized them.