Taking Stock

         (I am posting for the past couple of days at one time, while I am connected to the internet.)   
     Right now the biggest issue with the house and insurance is the inventory.  I have to list everything we lost and find how much it would cost to replace it.  Every item…individually, no matter how small.  If I want it replaced I have to list it and the cost.

I think that as our hearts are being renewed we have to take stock of what we have.  We need to make note of our blessings as we allow God to rebuild our lives.  The things that need to be trashed are also recognized, as well as how much they cost us.  In life that could be a high price tag for our sin.  We may have lost family, jobs, friends, respect…the list goes on and on.  Now is the time to determine what needs to be updated and replaced; what can be cleaned up and what needs to be hauled off for good.  An honest look at the condition of our heart is a painful thing, especially when there is a lot that needs to be disposed of.  However, it is the beginning of the new thing God will do.

  Self reflection is required if we are to learn from our mistakes.  To plow ahead without ever considering where we are is foolish. It is like driving without a map…it may be exciting at first, but eventually we are completely lost and cannot find our way home.  It is then, that we have to consider how we ever got to this place.  Taking stock of the situation is a requirement if we want complete freedom.  It takes down to the roots of the issue.  Our lives are so cluttered with stuff that we cannot see the truth of the matter.  Looking at all the clutter, and more importantly what is underneath the clutter, is critical to moving forward.

In my house, I am taking inventory.  I am hating it because it is a tedious process that is so big that it is overwhelming.  So how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.  I have a couple of bites down and many more to go.  In the end, it will be worth it because I will know exactly what we have.  I have to look to the future promise, to get through this quagmire of paperwork.  To rebuild takes blood, sweat and tears…and a lot of patience.  If I can do it…you can do it.

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