Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Make a Mess—Discover What’s of Real Value
By Micky Wolf
A casual observer might wonder at first glance. What's going on? Well, a couple of weeks ago, my beloved and I began making a big mess in our basement. On purpose. With intention.
Time to toss.
Time to repurpose.
Time to donate.
And, of course, I see a living metaphor in all this.
You. Me. The stuff we carry around that serves no purpose. Oh, maybe it did at one time. As did all the stuff in the photo above.
Time to toss…?
Bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness.
The reality is this—living day to day we’re going to hurt someone, or ourselves. Acknowledging the pain of these wounds is healthy and loving. If we don't, we may suffer for weeks, or even years. We end up being miserable at best, spiteful and mean-spirited at worse. Repentance and a humble heart will open the door to getting rid of this stuff.
Time to repurpose…?
Emotions—in particular anger, sadness, despair and hate—can be used as weapons.
Who among us hasn't felt the intense feelings that accompany these emotions? Yet using them as a way to assuage our pain does not usually end well. Do we want to start a fire, the kind that can destroy a marriage, divide a family, or incinerate a friendship? By the same token, storing them in our soul wrecks violence on our own spirits, minds, and bodies.
Let there be no doubt these emotions are given to us by God with the hope we will wield them for good. So, what are we to do? Take responsibility for them. Discern what stirred them in the first place. Give yourself an opportunity to repurpose them for life, rather than for death.
Time to donate…?
Envy, jealousy, greed.
It is true. From a spiritual perspective, we know evil roams about seeking whom it may destroy. It is also true we are flawed, wounded human beings. We can be self-centered. It can be tempting to realize, rationalize and justify these attitudes and behaviors.
Don't. Instead, donate them. Give them away. Not to someone else. Place this ugly junk at the foot of the Cross. The Divine knows how to handle it.
Which brings us back to the big mess in the basement.
Sometimes the most effective way to clean up a home—or a heart—is to get everything out in the open. Sort through it. Discover what’s of real value. And then take action, sooner rather than later.