I find myself sorting and cleaning random spaces because you never know what you will find tucked away in church closets or other church spaces! This past week I found myself cleaning out the space under The Loft audio/visual space. There were pieces of older sound equipment, older lighting, a fog machine, some cups, some napkins, a box of popcorn, some juice, quizzing equipment, and a pair of blue jeans. Some of these items I understand why they are underneath this space, but others— not so much.
This caused me to think about when Misty and I were packing, cleaning, and decluttering our home in Kentucky. We found items we had forgotten about. We also found pictures we had not seen in quite a while. These pictures brought back all sorts of emotions. One of these was gratitude.
Paul tells the Philippians:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (4:4-9 NIV)
Over this next month some of us will make lists of the relationships, life events, and items for which we are grateful. Some people and items will be named very quickly. Others will take time to think about. I pray that each of us will take time to “declutter” our lives of all things we may have forgotten about for which we should rejoice and be thankful.
May the Lord bless you and your family as you celebrate Thanksgiving!