I get a LOT of emails and a whole bunch of them are junk or spam from companies that I bought one thing from a long time ago or who gave me 20% off if I signed up for their email list. Every morning I wake up and check my email and then spend a few minutes cleaning out the junk.
Yesterday, I had enough. I spent 30 minutes going through my email and hitting "unsubscribe" to all those junk email senders. It wasn't easy, they make that unsubscribe button hard to find or make you go to multiple pages to tell them that you are sure you don't want their spam emails anymore...but I can officially say that I will now be getting a lot less junk each day.
Sometimes in life, we have to look around our hearts and get rid of the junk that is cluttering everything. Are there places you spend time that you should not? Are there people you talk to who are a drag on your heart? Are there TV shows or websites that are all spam and no positive content?
The season of Lent is coming up (starting on Ash Wednesday which is February 26 this year). Lent is typically a time to fast and for many people, that means giving up sweets or meat; but for many of us, it means getting rid of things that are cluttering up our hearts.
Proverbs 4:23 says we should "guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Do you need to spend some time cleaning out your heart this Lent? Join us on Wednesday the 26th at 6:30 pm for a special service where we can reflect on fasting (from food or other things), prayer and repentance. I think you'll come away feeling like I did yesterday...uncluttered and free.
Pastor Scott McDermid