Ashes to ashes dust to dust and then comes new life (279)
The cleansing power of fire
Over the past few weeks I’ve taken time out to get rid of everything that has come to the end of its life.
Firstly, I took about twelve years of diaries and burnt every page in an afternoon.
Sitting in my backyard by my fire pit tearing page after page of my life and throwing them into the fire. Every now and then I took a glimpse of something that was written and can’t believe how much I went through in those twelve years.
The memory has an amazing ability to take you places and revisit experiences. It was an interesting afternoon watching those papers go up in smoke.
At the end all that was left were ashes, a very small pile of ashes.
The takeaway for me was simple. I now have an opportunity to write the next twelve years of my life with a fresh outlook.
The next thing that I did was chop down a pile of branches from my olive trees. Branches that were growing too high to reach the olives and branches that were dead.
I did the same thing as my diaries. Over an afternoon while my wife and I did gardening, I took out the same fire pit that turned my diaries into ashes and committed these olive branches to the fire.
At the end of the afternoon, all those branches that took up valuable space in my yard disappeared. Just a small pile of ashes were left behind.
I took those ashes and threw them into a compost heap getting them ready to come back to life. In the coming months all those remains will be invested back into my garden for a new season of growth.
The takeaway was simple, we carry way too much that weighs us down. Our minds get cluttered with unreachable goals. We carry dead wood around everywhere.
When we take time to declutter our minds of things that don’t give us life, commit those things to the fire. Whatever remains, throw into the ground and believe for new opportunities to come to life.
Jesus said “If you try to save your life you’ll lose it. But if you lose your life for my sake you’ll find it”
We hold onto way too much trying to make sense of it all, rather than let go and let God make sense out of what’s left.
I pray you have an amazing day and start thinking of decluttering your life back into meaning.