Monday, January 04, 2010
It has been said that “one person’s junk is another’s treasure.” When David Dudley tried to help his parents clear their house of “unnecessary items” before moving to a smaller home, he found it very difficult. He was often angered by his parents’ refusal to part with things they had not used for decades. Finally, David’s father helped him understand that even the worn-out, useless items were tied to close friends and important events. Clearing the clutter felt like throwing away their very lives.Note that in the illustration the desire to hold on to things also kept the parents in the home - like virtual prisoners. To be free to move they needed to let go.
A spiritual parallel to our reluctance to let go of the clutter in our homes may be our inability to clear our hearts of the attitudes that weigh us down.
The attitudes that hold us back from a deep relationship with Christ enslave and imprison us. They are more than just obstacles, they are shackles. Worse, it is a self-inflicted imprisonment
Why do we hold ourselves in prison?