The gate rings and I rush to answer because I am waiting on some packages. It is something about packages that get me all excited, “I’m just saying.” (LOL) I opened the door, and sure enough, it is my items that I ordered from ZARA. I rip open the boxes like a child at Christmas and find everything I requested from the site. I mean I tore those boxes up. I should have just retrieved some scissors to cut the tape, but that would have taken a little longer than I wanted to wait. I know you understand what I am communicating. Some of you use your brand new fifty-dollar nails or your nice kitchen knives.
After I put the boxes in a dysfunctional state, I proceeded to put them out for trash. Stop trying to figure out where I am going with this (LOL). No, I did not leave anything in the box, and yes, I can fit it all, so I don’t have to return anything. Okay, moving right along. To get them out for trash I have to go through the door that leads to the garage. I had three big boxes that I was struggling with to carry. Why I did not put one box down, I have no idea. Probably too lazy to go back for several trips. You know women think we can tote it all at one time. We go to the grocery store with our babies in a car seat and come out with twenty bags carrying it all in the house at the same time. We are superwomen! I proceeded to go out the door with all three large boxes, and I found myself stuck. The door was not wide enough for me and the boxes to go through. Now don’t judge me but I would not drop any of the boxes. I looked like a fool struggling to push through a door that would not work with me. I turned around to see if my husband was there looking at me and shaking his head. Well, he was not, but I know he will after he reads this. I promise you I tried to squeeze through that door longer than any person in their right mind.
Then, can you just say then? Then it hit me that if I would just drop one or two of the boxes, I would fit through the door. Brilliant right! I didn’t need my husband to shake his head at me because I did enough shaking. Stay with me because here is where you come in. How many things are you trying to hold on to? This is precisely what most people do in their life journey. I remember Mike told me he was about to start pastoring and I almost passed out because we were still a mess in our marriage. I told him the only way we could start is if we were to fix this jacked up relationship. I looked at him and said, “I don’t do phony.” There was no way we could enter into the door God had for us holding on to our independence in a marriage. I was and still am determined not to allow Satan to steal from me. We made the decision to go God’s way so we could enjoy green pasture. Now God can use what was bad and now good to show others it can be done.
How about you are you are trying to get into another place in life, and trying to hold on to stuff that has been destroyed? Carefully inspect the things in your life because some of the stuff serves you no more purpose. It may be some of your old friends or a stale, stinking attitude, or even the junky mind that you are presently functioning in. You know what you are clinching on to. Just open your hands, take a look, and reevaluate. The door is too small to get through with all that junk in your hand and with what God has placed in your heart so drop it all so you can get to where you want to go. God has something awesome for you on the other side of the door, but you will never see it if you don’t get rid of the dead weight. It or they served their purpose, now this is the time to drop, roll and run. You remember you learned that about fires. Please know I am not calling any person trash, but I am labeling some relationships as waste. What do you do with any waste? You discard it! Just Drop It and Go Through The Door!
Meditate on John 10:6-10 Message Bible
“Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”