Tuesday, January 19, 2021


De-Cluttering My Closet - Sandra Fischer

“Behold, I am doing a new thing. . .” (Isaiah 43:19a) ESV

Many of us greet the new year by making changes. We start dieting, exercising, organizing, or instituting various self-improvement plans. I was inspired by an article about de-cluttering, so I decided to do some closet cleaning. The article suggested discarding or finding a new home for anything that didn’t give me joy.

As I sorted through my closet, I found myself putting back what I call “Justin Case” items. Justin Case is not a designer label, but my second-guessing evaluation of things. My thought—someday, I might be able to squeeze into those smaller size pants or wear those high heels again. So, they remain in my closet—my Justin Case stuff.

That day I also read a devotion about how we hang onto the past. Sometimes our memory treasury is as cluttered as our closets. I read Isaiah’s admonishment: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing. . .” (Isaiah 43:18-19a) ESV The devotion related how our desire to preserve the remnants of what we consider to be “good old days,” while overlooking the opportunities afoot. Jeremiah urged us to see God’s goodness each day: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) ESV

I was convicted of my need to de-clutter my “past” closet and DO as Paul did, “. . .forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” (Philippians 3:13b) ESV I don’t need to keep Justin Case things. I need to cling to Jesus Christ, who gives me joy today and in all the new days ahead.

Sandra is a FaithWriters Platinum member, author of her new book, “My Faithbook Messages.” Contact

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