Every spring I clean out my closet, get rid of things I haven’t worn (to make room for new!). And every spring I struggle with getting rid of my favorite pair of old, holey jeans. I can’t wear them anywhere but I can’t seem to let go of them. They serve no useful purpose and just clutter up my home … so why can’t I part with them?
As I have thought about the answer to this question, I realize there is clutter in my life that works the exact same way. Some routines and behaviors are familiar and comfortable, but when I really look at them, they just get in the way of my progress – and may not even be good for me.
Just like I sort through things in my closet, I also am sorting out things in my life – taking stock of what is best for me. The Bible is our road map for this life and is clear “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Philippians 4:8.
Sometimes to make room for better things, some spring cleaning is in order. Let’s throw out those holey, worn out jeans and focus on the things that are excellent and praiseworthy!