Have you ever found yourself rummaging through your closet, trying frantically to locate those favorite pair of jeans or the old dress that hugged you just the right way, only to sorrowfully remember that you’d thrown them out during your last cleaning binge because they didn’t “ fit” at the time. Well, I must admit that I too am guilty of the same! Having lost or gained a few pounds, I often end up getting rid of something that I used to treasure but have since grown out of. My reasoning typically being rooted in my need for more closet space or as an excuse to go out and shop for something new!
Sometimes we find ourselves repeating this same old compulsive behavior in our relationships. After taking a personal inventory we realize that we have changed and thus, something’s or some people have got to go! We are swift to discard that loved one or old friend because they don’t “fit anymore”, because we’ve grown and we’re tired of them hanging around in our closet.
Thank God, Christ didn’t toss us out when we failed to “fit”, when we walked in another faith, when we sinned without repentance, when we were just taking up space! Thank God, he "hung" around for us, waited at the well for us and never gave up on us. So while we are waiting for the snow to clear and preparing to do some much needed spring cleaning, let us be prayerful over those whom God has placed in our lives. Let us exercise faith, forgiveness, patience and compassion when deciding who or what goes or stays. Let us not measure others solely by our own yard stick, but instead let us be Christ-like in our evaluation of those in our lives.
For, Christ saw in us what others could not see, beneath the dirt, grim and soot of our past, He spotted a treasure, a gem waiting to be cleaned up that it might shine once again! So too must we believe that He will unearth the same in those we love. So, in our time of bloatedness, let us not hastefully toss out that which we loved, that we not find ourselves once again on bended knee shoveling through the closet looking for the treasure we threw out with the trash!