Taking Inventory

AUTHOR: Michael-Janelle

Janelle and I moved this past week—which is a great story of God’s provision for another time—but this also made it difficult to record and post a video. For today, I’ll share some thoughts via text.

Anyone who has moved before knows moves can be stressful. Once the packing, coordinating, and moving is complete; there’s the unpacking, reorganizing and settling in to deal with.

One important part—which Janelle excels at—is taking inventory. What do we need to keep? What can we get rid of? When moving you have to be honest and decisive with things you keep and things you let go of. The past couple weeks have been a constant flow of evaluation of everything we’ve kept in our home over nine years of marriage.

It‘s had me thinking of things I’ve kept in myself over the years. As I’ve packed and unpacked boxes, I’ve been evaluating what’s going on in me—in my heart. What do I need to keep? What can I get rid of?

Some scriptures I feel that are a great measuring stick for this type of evaluation comes from Romans 8—a chapter well worth a full read through, but for today I’ll attach a selection for you to read. (In case you missed it, Janelle’s post yesterday is shared from verse 15!)

As you read through it, evaluate the things within you. How do they measure up? What do you need to keep? What can you get rid of?

Until next time!
[Romans 8:5-14, NLT]
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)
10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.
11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.