Is it time to empty your junk drawer?

Everyone has a junk drawer.

Is it time to empty your junk drawer?

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It’s that drawer you dump everything into that you’re either not sure what to do with or don’t feel like dealing with right now.

I’ll bet it’s in your kitchen…filled with batteries, thumb tacks, coins, rubber bands, mail, an old cell phone charger that you’re certain you’ll need one day…a broken watch, a deck of cards, and maybe some pictures.

You keep telling yourself that someday you’ll get to it. Someday, you’ll clean it out and organize it. But every time you open that drawer, the task seems too overwhelming, too time consuming, and just plain hard.

You know it can’t stay like that forever. At some point it has to be dealt with.

Everyone has a junk drawer in their mind too.

It’s the place you dump everything into that you’re either not sure what to do with or don’t feel like dealing with right now.

It’s filled with pain and heartache. It’s filled with harsh words someone uttered at you. It’s filled with thoughts of someone you haven’t spoken to since “the incident.” It’s filled with fear. Maybe it’s the fear of something you did in the past coming back to haunt you. Or maybe you’ve lost a loved one and you can barely allow yourself to acknowledge it, much less talk about it.

Whatever it is, it’s messy, and you’re not ready to deal with it yet.

You keep telling yourself that someday you’ll get to it. Someday, you’ll address those feelings head on. But every time you open that drawer in your mind, the task seems too overwhelming, too time consuming, and just plain hard.

So, you keep ignoring it.

Every now and then you forget about it and you accidentally open it.

Emotion overtakes you and you shut that drawer as quickly as you possibly can.

Nope! I’m not dealing with that! I’m not ready…

But what if I told you there was someone who is willing to clean that drawer out for you? Someone who specializes in things that seem like a total and utter mess. Someone who can free you from the burden of that junk drawer.

Then would you be ready?

I’m often reminded of a certain Bible verse. And perhaps it’s cliche to reference, but I can’t get away from it. It’s so simple, so powerful (so easy to quote), but for some reason it’s easier said than done. At least it is for me…I like to bury things so deep in the back of my mind that Indiana Jones couldn’t even find them.

But Jesus says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I think that means “Give me your junk drawer. Let me clean it out. Don’t let it weigh you down any longer. Give me your fears, your pain, and your heartache. Let’s deal with them now…together.”

How awesome is that?!

Because no matter what’s in my junk drawer, I’ll never be ready to deal with it on my own. (That’s why it’s in my junk drawer!) I’ll always need help. And thankfully, help is waiting for me and for you.

So, go ahead…open the drawer and show Him all the junk that’s in there. He already knows anyway.

You don’t have to let the mess in the back of your mind weigh you down any longer.

So what are keeping yourself from dealing with?

Is it time to empty your junk drawer?

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