This morning I shared a few tips to get you motivated to begin your Spring Cleaning.
I keep thinking I should have added some good information on PURGING our INNER Junk as well.
So here is PART 2 of the Spring Clean Motivation.
I have noticed that some people (unfortunately, myself included at times.) seem to believe that the proof that you have a healthy spiritual life is your ease and ability to acquire things.
We seem to have a tendency to pray to receive specific objects, as if God were like a celestial Amazon or Netflix.
We would love to have a new car or move into a different house, and we pray to obtain it.
We begin to see spiritual life as like Santa Claus, giving us good gifts.
Have you ever found yourself attempting to bargain with God to give you more and in return you promise to release the old things that no longer serve your current purposes?
We rationalize that if we had more, we would be committed to using it wisely.
We promise that we will work hard and be more careful so that we will use our new abundance to strengthen spiritual life and set the example of how to live a TRULY ABUNDANT LIFE.
We have created a culture based in the spiritual potency of things, objects, possessions.
We live in a society that believes, in very practical ways, that whoever dies with the most toys wins.
No wonder we are warned to not put the love of money over the love of God.
Many of us act as though it is impossible to be either too thin or too rich.
We believe people with more wealth are blessed, while people are cursed when they have less.
But is that really the case?
Aren’t we also told to be content in all things. And to put our trust in the Lord, not our stuff?
Where did we get the idea that the things we have strengthen spiritual life.
I don’t think God hates rich people by any means, after-all Abraham was probably a billionaire.
Job was probably a millionaire.
David was also extremely wealthy.
And Solomon was a Gazillionaire.
So Obviously, God doesn’t NEED us to be poor.
What he NEEDS is for us to have our hearts in the right frame in regards to money.
I guess that I see spiritual life differently than some people do.
I can’t help but notice that there are people without a lot of possessions who experience deep, sacred, strong spiritual life.
There are people who possess everything they could possibly need or want who feel spiritually empty.
I enjoy my things as much as most people.
For the most part,
The things I have strengthen spiritual life in me by raising questions.
How can these things help me grow into more depth?
Do I really need that?
Why did we get this in the first place?
Spiritual life is not about acquiring more things, but transforming the ways we relate to what we have.