To Keep or Not to Keep

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Devotion: Ecclesiastes 3:6b

I’ve been cleaning out and throwing away.  My husband gets scared when I start the process.  I believe he thinks I might throw him away if he gets too still.  (Just kidding.)

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes there’s a time to keep and a time to throw away.  If you haven’t used something in a couple of years, chances are you won’t be using it again.  Why do we hold onto so much stuff?  It clutters up our space and smothers us. It’s hard to find the very thing we want or need at the time we need it.  Throwing away is hard sometimes, because of who gave it to us.

We attach sentimental value to things because of who gave them to us; but how long should you hold onto those things?

We need to hold to things loosely.  They are given to us to enjoy while we are still living in this world but should not monopolize the most of our time; cleaning, mending and straightening them, moving them from one place to another.

There have been books and more books written on means and methods of cleaning up and cleaning out.  Less is more.  Simplifying can actually bring more peace and calm into a chaotic counter or cabinet top.

How much does one really need in order to be fulfilled?  We need to keep the truth of God’s Word in our heart.  That will last us until we go to be with Jesus. It encourages and equips us continually.  It does not take up space on the counter top.  It takes up space in our heart and mind.  That’s a good thing.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation.  That is a gift that keeps on giving.  It never gets old or fades away.  I love You Lord and thank You for reminding me of what is most iprtantfm

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