I have no reason to think I'm dying anytime soon, and I definitely hope that is the case. But as I try to find motivation to FINALLY cut through years of clutter in my home and life, the best seems to be when I contemplate what's going to happen to my stuff when I'm gone from this Earth. (The other thing that gets me going is to realize that, someday, I will need to move from this house. How much easier it will be if I've already streamlined and simplified!)
And that's still as far as I get!!!! I just think it. I don't act on it.
I get distracted by questions of the best use of my time. Obviously, being stuck and doing nothing is not the best use.
Both of my daily devotionals today seemed to address this, one from the perspective of how I use my time, and the other on what I value.
The Upper Room Scripture today was Ephesians 5:15-16, part of which says: "Be careful . . . how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time ..."
Part of the devotion, written by Wendy Orellana of Venezuela, said: "When I find myself striving for
success, I have to ask myself: Am I putting my time to good use? Am I
really living as if this were my last day? These and other questions
help transform my thinking. God, who is rich in mercy, gives us
opportunities again and again to repent of our wrongdoings and
foolishness. When we do so, we can feel reborn."
The day's First 15, written by Craig Denison, told of relationship with God as our greatest treasure.
He asked: "How strongly do you
desire deeper relationship with him?" (Very strongly. I want to say very
strongly. But I know my actions don't match that response.) "How much
would you give up to know
him?" (That's where I'm convicted. I feel like I strongly desire deeper
relationship, but I'm not willing to give up much of myself, even as
dissatisfied with myself as I often am.) "What do you seek fulfillment in
during your free time?" (Family, health, music, being comfortable and
The discipline included meditation on the depth of God's love for me. Among the suggested Scriptures for meditation: “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider
him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you
may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)
A final step was to respond to God's love by loving God: "Spend time
simply adoring him. Spend time in solitude sitting with him,
encountering his heart, and giving him your own. He paid the highest
price for you just to be able have a relationship with him. So take time
and be the reward of his sacrifice."
keep wanting to know exactly what I'm supposed to do and how to do it
effectively and efficiently, yes, even perfectly. In Your love, Lord,
You seem to be telling me that's not Your plan for my life. Yes, You
have a plan for my life, and yes, it involves sacrifice and service as
well as blessings and honor. But it's not necessarily something that's
going to be clear to me. I just have to have faith as I take step after
step, seeking Your face and loving You and Yours always.)
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on
to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers,
I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:12-14)