Jun
23
2009

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Garage!

A very messy garage (not my garage!)

A very messy garage (not my garage!)

Earlier this week on Monday, I spent almost 8 hours cleaning out my 2-car garage in blistering, 100 degree weather. (I can thank my pregnant wife for forcing me into that job – LOL)

Oh and get this… when we had moved from our previous house to this one… we pretty much just threw all the junk from the old garage into the new garage, and the new garage hadn’t been cleaned since we moved in (almost 2 years ago).

Yeah, I would’ve rather spent my time counting the holes in the ceiling… or maybe watching paint dry…

But isn’t it true in life that we do the same thing? Don’t we at some point or another… take the EMOTIONAL trash, junk, and baggage that we should be leaving at our OLD house (our past)… and then pack it up and bring it with us to our NEW home (the present)?

In Matthew 25:31-46… the parable is told by Jesus about how at the end of time… He will have a flock full of sheep and goats.

The parable continues to say that Jesus will separate the SHEEP (those of us who were kind & hospitable to others)… and put them into a beautiful kingdom prepared for them… and He will take the GOATS (those of us who were selfish, cruel) and toss them into an everlasting fire.

The sound of being thrown into an ‘everlasting fire’ makes that hot garageĀ  I cleaned up seem like a deep freezer now that I think about it…

In essence, what Jesus did was He took those people who were garbage and useless to Him (the goats)… and He got rid of them. Why? There’s no sense in keeping around stuff that has no value to you and only weighs you down… and prevents you from having a CLEAR house.

There are many ways, attitudes, and personalities that we ALL have that are goats… and we should just go right on ahead and ‘toss them into the fire’.

Some of us get angry very fast. It’s a goat, toss it in the fire!

Some of us are quick to get a nasty attitude with people very fast. It’s a goat, toss it in the fire!

Some of us are prideful and think that everyone else around us must bow down and to our every demands. That attitude is a goat, toss it in the fire!

On the practical side, some of us smoke or eat the wrong sorts of food… or perhaps don’t get enough sleep each night… or maybe even stress over things that are not in our control.

Some of us have detrimental relationships that need to end. Partnerships that need to be broken. It can be sad when this happens… but sometimes we need to leave the old behind… so that we can step into the new.

Because I’ll tell you… there was an incredible sense of joy and peace I had when I had cleared out this ‘demon’ that had been in my garage for the past 2 years… and thrown away ALL that junk that was in my garage.

I have room now… I can move freely… I can allow people to go to my garage without being embarrassed of all the clutter… Life is GOOD!

What are some things that you need to ‘toss into the fire’? Let us know on the discussion board or on the comments section… and then go ahead and get your arsonist on… and burn that junk out of your life.

Congratulations everyone, we now have over 600+ members on this group and on the blog… and we have some new stuff that is going to be introduced to all of you in the next month or two. Keep on inviting all your friends to this groupĀ  (o:

Until tomorrow, be blessed… and walk in God’s abundance today!





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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  • Maria

    Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really enjoyed browsing your posts. Any way
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

    Comment | June 23, 2009
  • All the stuff that gets piled up every where is just hindering our ability to receive God’s blessing for our lives. What if you knew God was going to give you a BRAND NEW car tomorrow then cleaning out the garage today would make sense. No matter what tomorrow holds we should be treating all of our life with the same amount of anticipation.

    God desires to bless each of us if we will just clear out the clutter in our lives so that we are eager, willing and able to receive.

    Comment | June 24, 2009
  • Greta

    My nemesis is paper!! Years of filing everything (in case we need it) as in having our own business. Of course, when I go through them, I “think” we may still need the papers so I re-file them. Not that I know where to find them if I DID need them. It’s “in case”. You are so right about the papers “weighing me down”, because they do.
    So this column was very relevant. I know I need to clean up the paper clutter, wish it was as easy as cleaning out your garage. I FEEL like just chucking them all without looking at them, but responsibly, I feel I need to check WHAT I am getting rid of.

    I can taste the joy and peace ahead when I clean up this clutter.

    Thanks for bringing up “Cleaning out the Garage” – not only to papers but other aspects of my life, being revealed even as I write this. Bless you Daniel.

    Comment | June 24, 2009

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