Thought for the Week – 13.1.22

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Do you have memories of moving house, recently or long ago? I’m preparing for a move next month and it’s amazing how effectively that focuses the mind.

All sorts of items lie around my house unnoticed. Suddenly, I have to look at each and decide, “Do I want this?” “Do I need this?” “Will I have a space for this?” Where the answer is “No”, I have to choose whether to sell that item, donate it, pass it to someone else or dump it.

Deciding what we really need and what is just “stuff” is quite liberating, because it shows we need a whole lot less than we usually keep.

Most of my household possessions will go into store until the next place is available, so even among things I’m keeping, I have to decide which I can live without for a while. I can already foresee the frustration of needing some item which is in store and therefore inaccessible when I want it.

January is a good time of year for reassessing what’s really important in our lives. That’s true of possessions, but also of habits and of how we use our time. Do we really need that gym membership we never use? Are there some relationships that have gone past the stage of being good and positive? Are there demands on our time that we need to let go? Are there patterns of behaviour better left behind?

The writer of Hebrews took a pretty straightforward view of setting priorities and getting rid of whatever hindered those objectives. He said, “let us strip off every weight that slows us down…And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

The things that really matter are our relationship with God and our relationships with family and friends. Do our ways of using our time and resources reflect that? If not, maybe it’s time for a good clear out!