Early retirement, selling our house, and most of our possessions; going from 5000 square feet, to 400 square feet, is not the answer for most people, but each of us have had things in our lives, where we would have been “better able to serve”, if we had addressed those issues up front. We now find ourselves, back at "the house”, getting rid of “excess”. Some of the things that we are uncovering have been “buried” for many years, and now we are temporarily away from our assignment, to deal with “stuff”.
Is God calling you to do something special for Him; do yourself a favor, and deal with the “stuff" up front. Get rid of the things that no longer add any value to your life, or serve no purpose in your pursuit of God; your future depends on it.
My Piece of Advice:
Take the time now, to deal with the things that you have “hidden” in your garage; if you don’t do it now, you will certainly have to “take a detour” from your journey, to address them. Many of us choose to just “close the garage door”, and pretend like the “stuff” is not there. It may not be a “skeleton in your garage”, but it is still “stuff” (relationships, unresolved conflicts, bad memories, excess weight, etc). Many people park on their driveway, only because their garage is full of “stuff”; altering its intended use. It makes me reevaluate my priorities; I “protect" my “stuff” in the garage, and park my vehicles on the driveway … Hmmm.
Evaluate your “garage”, and “Deal With It”.
It wouldn’t be a good feeling, to hear the voice of God calling you, but you have to ask God to wait a while, because you need to “go back” and deal with “some things”.
Most of you know, that Adriene and I are RVers. In the “World of RVers”, traveling with excess weight is a major issue, and an ongoing challenge. As a result, you will find that many people will “purge” their rig (their RV) on an annual basis, and then incorporate the “1 in - 1 out” strategy. It looks like this: If something “new" comes in the rig, something “old" goes out; you don’t keep both. This strategy serves two purposes; it affords you the opportunity to evaluate what you are carrying around, and it also forces you to heavily evaluate, what you are bringing on board (if it does not serve a specific purpose, it does not come on board).
More often than not, if you are called to “take on” an assignment from God, there is likely also something that you will have to “get rid of” as well.
That’s all for now; see you back on the road, real soon …