151. Taking Inventory

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“My wife volunteers one day a week over at the church thrift store,” Stan said one morning.

“That’s nice,” I said.  “I’m not much into thrift stores.”

“They serve a real valuable purpose for a lot of people,” Stan continued.

“But they also tend to gather a lot of stuff that will never be sold.”

Stan added, “There is a limited amount of space at the store.  Additional items are donated every day the store is open, so it is essential to utilize the space properly.  That is my wife’s responsibility at the store.”

“She keeps track of the inventory and decides what should be discarded.”

“Sounds like a great spiritual lesson,” I said with a smile.

“Do you want to take this one?” Stan asked.

“Yes,” I said.  “It has become very clear to me that I have to take a constant inventory of what I have allowed into my life and get rid of those things that serve no useful purpose.”

“And,” Stan added, “those things that actually get in the way of my being and doing what God intends for me.”

“Just like the thrift store runs more efficiently when the inventory is limited to those things that are likely to sell, my life is a whole lot better when the useless stuff in my personal inventory is eliminated.”

Stan then continued, “The whole subject of life’s clutter is a big one.  I’m sure as we go along, we will talk about specifics that need to be eliminated.  However, for the moment let’s just stay with the general need to take inventory and get rid of anything and everything that is in the way of what God wants.”

“I can agree with that,” I responded.

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Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!  2 Corinthians 13:5.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how easy it is for me to let the clutter of unnecessary and unwise inventory build up in my life.  Thank you for what you have already removed.  Please move in me to help me see what you want removed.  And, Lord, please help me in being disciplined enough to do so.  Please lead and help me to follow. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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