It’s that time of year when many people get the itch to organize their spaces. Many of us decide we need to get things in order by purging or saving items throughout our house. I love to organize. Yes, I am one of “those” people. Throwing things away is something I specialize in but is a skill that is considerably unappreciated. Teachers write “save” on papers that will be needed at a later time as I may or may not be guilty of pitching several homework assignments. Organizing the kid’s toys has initiated numerous questions such as “Where did my stuffed ice cream go that I won at the fair 7 years ago? I need that!” Not even the hubby is grateful when he finds some of his clothes suddenly “lost.” I can’t understand why everyone gets so testy when I simply say I want to organize.
Now before you think I’m only chummy with the trash can, I want to proclaim I am also friends with the storage box. I save items such as the story my son wrote about 10,000 babies following him to school and causing such a ruckus, they are all asked to leave. Now that’s a keeper. I also have crayon drawings, clay creations that I can’t identify, and itty bitty shoes my kids wore as infants that I just can’t relinquish. I’m just very particular about an item’s worthiness to save.
You may not be as maniacal as I am when it comes to saving and pitching but when you organize, there is a need to deliberate over material possessions and whether to keep or pitch. Choosing to save or pitch items and getting things in order improves our spaces. But we shouldn’t stop at only our living quarters. Just as we set aside time to contemplate our material possessions, we need to take time to ponder our inner selves. Our character traits. Some traits are beneficial and worth saving while others are worthless and should be pitched. Let’s not only look to improve our outer spaces but also our inner character.
Here are 12 character traits that are worthy of saving or worthy of pitching:
1. Pitch worry – “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” ~ Matthew 6:27
2. Save trust – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
3. Pitch gluttony (overeating) – “For drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” ~ Proverbs 23:21
4. Save self-control – “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
5. Pitch judging – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Matthew 7:1-2
6. Save love – “..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..” ~ Romans 3:23; “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” ~ 1 Peter 4:8
7. Pitch unforgiveness – “If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” ~ Matthew 6:14-15
8. Save compassion – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32
9. Pitch laziness – “A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.” ~ Proverbs 20:4
10. Save exercising mind and body – “Christ gives me the strength to face anything.” ~ Philippians 4:13
11. Pitch guilt – “How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!” ~ Proverbs 103:12
12. Save innocence – “But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.” ~ 1 John 1:9; Prayer: “Lord forgive me of my sins. Thank you for Jesus dying on the cross to take the punishment for my sins. I accept Him as my Savior today.”
These are traits I will be dealing with in the coming year. Will you join me? This process may be ongoing. We may have to “pitch” and “save” daily but every day is a new day. The past is past so let’s forgive ourselves of the mistakes we made yesterday and give our best to today.
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©2012 Connie Davis Johnson