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Progress.  Sometimes the word itself can cause one to cringe because it almost always indicates that some sort of change has either just taken place or is about to take place.  It can fill one with excitement or resent.  We either like it or we don’t.

I often think of what David said in what is usually called a “Song of Thanksgiving” in 2 Samuel 22.  Verse 20 says, “The Lord brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”  This verse indicates that what David had been experiencing prior to this was considered by him to be confining.

My desk had become quite cluttered.  I freely admit that my nature identifies me more as a “piler” than a “filer.”  On occasion I take the opportunity to clean the clutter and get organized.  I have discovered that if I take the time to do this monthly, then the desk no longer gets out of control. 

We recently purchased a new computer for the church office.  Between the unit itself, the monitor, mouse, keyboard and monitor, it takes up just as much space as the old one did.  In order to set the new computer up, I had to make room for it next to the old one while I stayed busy loading much information from the old computer to the new.  After finally completing this task, I was able to take the old computer to a place of storage, far away from my desk.

This forced me to not only clean and reorganize my desk, but it gave me the opportunity to clear the clutter, some of it for good!  I now have a much better setting for practical use of the space allotted.  It is still a work in progress, but I feel like I’ve been moved into a more “spacious place” like David.

So why would I entitle this Pep Talk “Progress”?  Didn’t I just spend time talking about the importance of removing clutter from one’s life?  Isn’t that the point?  Not exactly.

The point is this; clutter usually has to be removed from our lives if it is interfering with the new and exciting things Christ is trying to give us.  This new computer is remarkably faster and capable of much more work than the old one. 

Getting rid of the junk that piles up in our hearts makes room for new things to come in.  God can only fill the portion of your heart that you empty for him.

When the woman was about to lose her only son to slavery because she couldn’t pay her bills, she was ordered to collect as many empty jars as she could and fill them with her small container of oil.  She did as she was told, gathered as much “emptiness” as she could find, and the Lord filled every single jar to the brim and met her needs in a new, unexpected way.

Every believer must remain finely tuned in to God at all times and in consideration of all things so that we can clearly hear when he tells us what to do and how to do it. 

I love a good routine too, but I despise a rut.  Many of the ruts in which I’ve been caught in my lifetime are gone, only because God wanted to replace them with new and exciting things.  I allow him to constantly look at my remaining routines too, and give him full permission to refine as he sees necessary.  This has helped me find spacious places, freedom if you will, in my spiritual and personal life. 

I pray this feeling for you today.

 

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