When the Closet’s Full

I’m not a neat-n-tidy type of person. I can be at work, I can be with other people’s stuff, but I’m just not in my own room. So when friends visit, I’ve gotten into the “nice” habit of throwing everything into the closet, hoping that’ll do the trick.

I physically shove things into the closet hoping no one will notice, hoping my stuff won’t fall out, hoping I don’t have to deal with it until later. So I push it off. I don’t clean up, I don’t organize, and I don’t throw out. Instead, I let it pile up in the closet – where I can’t see it, others can’t see it, and I don’t have to deal with it.

But when the closet is full, I can’t hide it away anymore. When the closet is full, people will see my clutter. When the closet is full, I am forced to deal with the mess of the situation.

When friends were coming over one day, I looked around my room, and knowing what was already in the closet, exclaimed: “Surely this can’t all fit too!” That’s when God clearly spoke to me, “You do the same thing with your thoughts.”

I so easily begin throwing thoughts into my “brain closet” for later use or for a quick-n-easy fix to the messy problem. But many thoughts I shove into my brain closet are, in reality, garbage for some reason I enjoy holding onto.

Through this situation, God clearly pointed out to me I need a major closet cleanup duty – not only in my physical things, but in my mental things as well. Sometimes it’s so effortless to shove ungodly ideas into the back of my mind, hoping nobody will notice. Sometimes it seems so simple to throw unhealthy meditations into my brain closet, assuming no one will see. Sometimes I prefer to accumulate sinful thoughts about others, anticipating none will find out.

God has opened my spiritual eyes to realize that though no one on earth can see my mental closet, He can. Though nobody in this world knows I’m piling up wicked thoughts about them in my head, He does. Though none upon this globe will have the insight into my corrupt reflections stored up as treasures, He will.

Though this is the season of spring cleaning physically, perhaps it is also time for a spiritual spring clean. I encourage you to clean out your brain closet from the “trash thoughts” that are so tempting to hoard. Here are ideas to get you started:

#1 – Thoughts about others: Instead of dwelling on frustrations, misunderstandings, or irritations about others and allowing these thoughts to turn into bitterness, forgive.  If you let anger reside in your mental closet, not only does it turn a useful tool (the organization abilities of the closet) into a dirty object (an impractical junk area), but it also self-reproduces into a huge, nasty problem.

#2 – Thoughts about ourselves: Instead of focusing on your own faults, mistakes, or failures, turn your mind to the One who is all-sufficient and who is faithful to forgive all your trespasses.

#3 – Thoughts about the Lord: Remember God’s timing is perfect and His ways are good.  He only acts in faithfulness and steadfast love.

When used correctly, a closet is a very useful tool. It can be used to organize items we should keep.  It can be used to maximize the otherwise small and non-useful space. It can be used to effectively reduce clutter. It is the same with our minds: God created them for good, so let us use them to His glory!

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

3 thoughts on “When the Closet’s Full

  1. Amen! It amazes me how much wisdom God has poured on you at a young age and how you boldly share it with others for His glory. Thanks for writing Paula! God is good!

    1. Thanks for reading, Jenny! I just appreciate that I am able to share what God is doing in my life with others…I hope this points you to Christ. 🙂 And yes, God is good – all the time!

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