So often when we hear the words "from trash to treasure" we think of discovering someone else's trash... usually at a flea market or garage sale and transforming it... with a fresh coat of paint or a little creativity into something delightful... something we treasure. My recent experience with trash is yielding a treasure but not quite in the same way.
When I first posted about transforming my studio, my desire was to create or re-create this room into a delightful and inspiring place to work. I had become so inundated with paper... you know... information overload. And I love paper... I write notes to myself, print articles from the computer for research, collect lists and ideas for future projects, store business and church information, tear pages from magazines, plus all the wonderful nice notes from women who God has touched through my talks or writings... and I can't get rid of them! In fact, I hadn't gotten rid of much over the past few weeks and months... so much so that I couldn't find anything... nothing was in it's place... if it even had a place!
So even though I want my transformation process to make things pretty and looking good... much of the process these past few days has been behind the scenes... starting with the stacks of paper I gathered throughout the room and the file cabinet that sits just to the left of my computer. I have spent hours sorting, filing and trashing paper... 3 WASTE BASKETS OVERFLOWING so far... and I'm not done yet! Oh my! So much unnecessary information that has been cluttering up my space and causing me to be distracted, depressed and much less effective in the work God has called me to do!
Ouch! Does this remind you of anything else? How about the clutter of our minds? Oh yes... how we can store up trash in our minds that impacts our thinking... disrupts our relationships... causing us to be distracted, depressed and so much less effective in whatever God is calling us to do whether it's loving our families or serving in the church or even caring for our homes. Some trash is not intended to be turned into treasure but is intended to be thrown out to make room for the treasures God wants to decorate our hearts with.
I do want my studio... but more importantly I want my life... to be a reflection of Christ... but I must continually take out the trash for that to happen! On some days the trash may be outdated unforgiveness or scribbled notes of a judgmental or critical spirit. On other days it may be the tear stained pages of fear and anxiety or the crumpled up cares of the world. For some it may be pages of jotted down jealousies or written resentments. When you look around the rooms of your heart and mind... do you see the clutter and chaos of unhealthy thinking or a peaceful and pleasant place of rest?
If you see trash that needs to be taken out will you start your spring cleaning today? Be encouraged, my friend, to give those cares to God... and ask Him to forgive you for the clutter... because as you take out the trash, you'll have more and more room for the beautiful treasures of God's glorious love and peace and joy. Be blessed!