Capital One’s slogan in their advertising campaign is “What’s in your wallet?” The premise is that you need to have the Capital One credit card to purchase what you need. My thinking and question is just a bit different. What’s in your purse? I love getting a new purse. I love the way it smells, and I love the way it looks. However, since I’m a creature of habit, I tend to carry the same purse over long periods of time. During that time anything that my hands come across that I think I might need to keep…goes in the purse.
My purse is filled with old receipts, packages of gum or mints, several half-used tubes of lipstick and lip gloss, lots of loose coins, slips of papers with numbers written on them, and the list goes on and on. My purse is much heavier than when I first started carrying it and it’s about time to clean it out, and possibly begin to carry a different purse.
Every time I clean out my purse, I realize that I have been carrying around things that I no longer need. They are things that I thought I needed when I put them in there, but somehow they were pushed to the bottom of the purse, or stuck in a pocket of the purse, never to be seen again. Overtime, I failed to realize that my purse was getting heavier and heavier because I’m carrying around things I don’t need. It’s like the story of the frog in the hot water. A frog is sitting in a pot of water on the stove, the pot of water is slowly heated up. The frog doesn’t realize that it’s boiling to death until it’s too late to hop out.
My question to you is: What are you carrying around that you thought you needed, but you no longer need? What is weighing you down without you realizing it? What do you need to get rid of? What negative thoughts have built up over time that you don’t realize?
We are in a season of clarity. And with that comes the ability to see things as they truly are. It’s time to look at your life and clear out anything that is weighing you down. Clear out anything that you thought you needed, but is just taking up space. That could be a relationship, a job, or pain from the past. The list is endless as everyone’s “purse” is different.
My prayer is that you look at the purse that is your life, and clear it out to make room for the things and people that you really need. When you clean out your purse, you will find your load will be a lot lighter and you’ll have a pep in your step. You will look at your purse differently in that, it isn’t a burden to be carried, but something that you will celebrate and be proud of.
Get to cleaning! I want to see a smile on your face and joy in your heart.
Speaking of cleaning…I think it’s time for me to clean out my closets too! Oh boy!
Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (The Message)
I love you to life!