Spiritually Speaking

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By Pearl Harper

We need to discard junk


If you read my articles and haven’t picked up on the fact already, I will just confess. At my age a lot of my thoughts are related to a time and period of my life.

Recently I was attempting to clean up and organize my utility room. I was absolutely astonished at the junk we had accumulated. It is our utility room, basement and attic, everything we don’t know what to do with, goes there. Due to a lot of circumstances it was not at the top of my list for things to do.

I gave away some things, and was on a mission, to discard any unused items. I informed Bob as I showed him the big bags of junk, that I didn’t throw away anything of his, or anything worth saving.

When I started pulling out stuff, putting it in bags, stacking items I wanted to keep I was almost overwhelmed. Just about that time I was literally boxed in, the phone rang. I had brought a cordless phone with me but it wasn’t laying close by. As I proceeded to get out of my encumbered predicament, things started falling and really getting tangled up. Maybe I over emphasized just a bit, but you get the picture.

I started relating that thought to what can happen in our life sometimes. You or I can be sure it is easier if we stay focused and try to keep thing in the right order (spiritually speaking) than to go back, and start over. But thanks be to God, our loving Savior, it can be done. Just be prepared to learn much patience.

When I think of patience I remember something a friend told me years ago. They said never pray for patience. They informed me as they started praying for more patience, everything started falling apart. It was as if everything had to hit rock bottom, then they started over.

Just looking up the definition of patience would give us a big clue. The power or capacity to endure without complaint, something difficult or disagreeable. In this fast world we’re living in, patience seems like foreign world.

In Matthew 5:43-45, Christ tells us to love our neighbors and our enemy. “Pray for those who curse you or despitefully use you or persecute you: that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and unjust.”

Would it take patience to apply the above scriptures to our life? We know things will come our way that is sometimes unpleasant; the outcome depends on how we face our problems.

James 1:2-4 reminds us of our Christian testing. “My brother count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

 I didn’t mean for my utility room to become so junked up that many things needed discarded. Sometimes life’s problems can bog us down, we need to know when to discard.

God Bless.