A few years ago, my husband and I hosted a Christmas potluck dinner. Prior to that, there were a few things that we postponed completing in our home. So of course, we were in a mad dash to hang curtains, add pillows to the couches, hang pictures, and put away my husband’s ever growing mountain of clothing. For about 9 years he had been donating those items and had yet to do so.
The week of the event we worked vigorously making sure everything was in order. Too bad there was still the mound of clothes chilling on the bed in one of our guest bedrooms. At that point, the only thing we could do was to tuck the clothes in the storage closet under the stairs and to pack every guest bedroom closet. Yes, we really did that… lol! The night of the potluck dinner we proudly gave tours around our home. Obviously we stayed clear of all closets.
Thinking back on the gathering made me reflect on my heart. What do I have hidden away that I don’t want others to see? I searched, I found disappointment. Disappointed because I didn’t get a job that I applied for. I really wanted it! Resentment was hiding in the corner. I resented someone who was close to me and had betrayed my trust. Surely, if resentment was taking up space, unforgiveness was its roommate. There was no doubt that I had to put them all out! I will continue to apply for other jobs, something is bound to come up. I have to remind myself everything comes in God’s timing. I let go of the resentment and unforgiveness. The person who wronged me is not my cross to bear. I forgave them.
I must constantly check my heart to make sure there are no unwanted guests. There’s too much I want and need from God to allow any negativity to take up residence.
What’s in your heart? Today is moving day!
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.