Got Junk?

I have had to be a bit more vague lately on this block about the happenings surrounding us. There is much going on in lives of those around us and posting on the blog world for all to see is not wise. We need prayer, those around us need prayer. Enough said.

I often post for awareness. I think most of us want to help those around us and just don’t know how. I think most of us are like me, unaware. Like I said last week – we are spending much of our time walking around Target, drinking Starbucks; which happens to be one of my favorite things to do – oblivious.  And part of my heart for this blog is to wake us up from our coffee filled stupor to the needs around us. Plus, once I think something, I have a dying urge to tell everyone the thought. My dad calls it diarrhea of the mouth. Smile.

But the longer we are here, the more complicated the issues are – not the issues changed, we are just deeper in the lives of those around us. I would bet that the closer you get to anyone – the deeper the issues are. It is life. And life here on this Earth is messy.

One of the hardest things about this house is that there is no garage. Previously, if I didn’t know where to put something – I headed out to the garage to store it till I figured out a suitable place for it. Now, I have no garage so I take it outside to our covered patio for all the world to see. Right now I have a pack n play sitting there because I am not sure what to do with it. The back patio looks like a yard sale is going on. As I walk around, I see I am not the only one who doesn’t know what to do with their junk.

I think that is the problem with all of us. What do we do with our junk. We all have an abundance of it. Some of us have big garages to hide it in – some of us don’t. But we all have it.

I was told that the holidays around here are hard. The desperation and pressure make everyone a bit crazy. We have realized a big increase in stress, I am sure you have too with those around you. In the end, we are all human, we all need  a saviour. We all need someone we can hand over our junk too. We need to stop storing it and deal with it.

How do you deal with you junk? I think of the Isaiah 58 – read it slowly.

They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.Look at verse 8 – Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear

I know these verses are for Israel but I think there is a principle we can apply to ourselves. When we give of ourselves to others – GOD brings healing to us.

Why not try it? This season, when stress and despair are at an all time high – focus on helping someone else and see if maybe, just maybe, your junk seems a little less junky.

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