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SHE leaves boxes behind


Over the last 10 years, I've moved more times than I can count. College living. Summer subleases. 3-month externships and internships. New job. Bad roommate situations. I've pretty much mastered the art of moving. 

The key trait of a professional mover, is the ability to first pack with your eyes. Many times over, I have scanned my future empty apartments so I can envision how all my nicely organized belongings will fit inside the boxes I would soon collect like a pack rat at local grocery stores. 

It always makes so much sense to envision my packed boxes from the comfort of my bed and during commercials on my couch. But when packing day starts, the harsh reality of what I have, organized or not, comes crashing down on me, at times literally, as I struggle to figure out what I'll just give away so I don't have to pack it. 

Before long, my beautifully arranged abode turns into a hoarder's paradise. Boxes and missing packing tape rolls replace what used to be my carpet. Things that were once easy to find, have become lost in the waves of labelled cardboard boxes and makeshift maze routes that leave just enough space to make it to the bathroom and fridge safely. 

I stare around the living room and I realize that I have a lot of stuff. I want to question where it all came from, but the answer is quite obvious. Me. 

Over time, I was able to organize my items on shelves and hangers so it didn't seem like I was accumulating so much stuff, but times of transition always have a way of revealing what needs to be left behind. 

When we allow ourselves to be guided by Christ, we see how He grows us through circumstances. Typically, the situations will become more challenging in the way it strengthens our faith. In the move from fear to faith, boxes of hurtful experiences, destructive thoughts, and hard-learned lessons fill the rooms of our hearts and minds and we must face the reality that we can't bring any of them with us. 

Perhaps you've neatly organized boxes of resentment, jealousy, or unforgiveness in the dark corners of your heart for such a long time that you no longer notice it. But now God is taking you to a new place in life that no longer has room for you to carry it with you.

It's time for you to leave it behind. 

"But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

-2 Corinthians 3:16-18


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