As I was working my way through school, I worked as a “minister of maintenance” at a church and at other places. People would often ask me, “How are things going?” I would reply “Things are really picking up, I filled up the dumpster today.” Even nowadays, my wife will say to me at our house “Somebody needs to take the garbage out”…Well, I am “Somebody” at our home, so guess what, I get to take the garbage out.
The fact is, it is even important to get rid of the trash and garbage in our mind and soul on a regular basis. The apostle Paul said we are to “get rid of all bitterness, rage, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”(Ephesians 4:31-32). Another similar reference to this, is found in James 1: 21 “ Get rid of the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has power to save your souls.” God tells what to do with the garbage in our mind ,heart, bad attitude and actions, that is to get rid of it, throw it away. He also can give us the strength and ability to do this by simply trusting in Him. We can overcome these reoccurring bad habits by turning to God, praying for His help, and staying closely connected with Him. Praying Lord, I can’t to this by myself, but I am trusting in you to do this through me.
Don’t go back digging in the old garbage, instead refocus your thoughts on God’s love and forgiveness for you. Corrie Ten Boom said that “God casts our sin into the sea and puts up a NO FISHING sign.” Nothing is as important for us as Christians, than to keep free of the clutter that hinders our relationship with the Lord.