Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 27, 2014

Do we need to downsize spiritually?

Rev. Milton Gardner

— Until now, I’ve never thought much about downsizing. The word itself is self-explanatory. It means to make smaller or restrictive. In my wife and my situation, it means to eliminate 55 years of saving mementoes, pictures, unnecessary records, receipts, children’s homework, plaques, commendations, Valentine, Christmas cards, gifts we appreciated, but can no longer use, obsolete books, pamphlets, magazines and boxes of things we stored in the attic and closets, including, but not limited to shotgun shells of different gauge guns I’ve given away.

Yes, we are moving closer to town into a lovely townhouse. I will have no use for my tractor mower and leaf sweeper, my hedge clippers, hoes, rakes or blowers. All the stuff I’ve accumulated in my shop needs another resting place. I have collected many pounds of nails, screws, bolts and pieces of wood I felt I would someday need. I could go on and on, but get the idea of downsizing. I recommend this before your children have to do it for you, once they bury you in a very small space.

Do we need to downsize spiritually? Probably so. Over the years we tend to accumulate some unnecessary baggage in our memory. Paul said, “. . . forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13,14).

What are some of the things we need to forget? They are our sins which have been forgiven, unkind words to us or about us, unrealistic goals we set years ago, past failures, hurts or wounds for which we held grudges, disappointments and inconsistencies in our walk with Christ.

It is time to move on to what God expects of us today and tomorrow. In this sense, we need to upsize. While we are alive, God is not through with us yet.