We see in the book of Genesis that Eve “sees” the fruit of the tree is good. What our brains receive through our eyes is very important. When it comes to the sin of lust, it nearly always starts with the eyes. This is why magazine advertisements and commercials work so well, they aren’t using any of our other senses, yet they change our thought process. We say the eyes are the windows to the soul and when we are looking at things that are damaging our soul, our windows are cloudy. Before we go on, I want you to take a look around your house to see what may be clouding the windows of you and your family.
For us, it’s stuff. We are surrounded by stuff all the time and it drives us crazy. We can never find anything because there is so much clutter all over the place. The first step in cleaning your windows is to get rid of stuff. ALL STUFF! Go through each room, closet, and cabinet in your house. If there is something you haven’t seen in a year, get rid of it. What if it holds sentimental value, you may ask. If it does, ask the other members in your family. If it is sentimental to them, keep it. I mean that seriously, if you are the only person in the household that thinks that item is important, you need to get rid of it. It’s presence in the home effects everyone so to keep it for your own benefit is selfish. Selfish is not love.
After you’ve taken the time to purge your home, I recommend determining if the items would be good to sell at a garage sale or just to trash. Remember that one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure. For all the items you plan to sell at the garage sale, set aside. This next tip is important: Whatever you haven’t sold at the end of the weekend gets donated first thing Monday morning. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you’ll have another garage sale. Don’t deceive yourself into thinking you can sell it on e-Bay. Don’t give your junk to your friends or family. Take it all to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, or whatever! you should never see any of that stuff again.
One thing we have run into with my family is that we think we may need something in the future so we don’t want to get rid of it now. If you haven’t needed it in a year, you don’t need it. In the off chance you do, buy a new one. But that’s a waste of money? No, it’s a waste of space! Get rid of it and trust that if you do need it again in the future, the Lord will provide. HE doesn’t want us concerned about the future, he wants us concerned about the present. You worry about now and let him worry about later.
Well now that our houses are empty, we have space to buy new stuff! Scripture tells us to put God’s word on our doorposts. Paint bible verse on your walls, get saint statues for your shelves, display sacred art on your counts. Once we have purged our homes of junk, we make room to fill our homes with Jesus. Surround your loved ones with things that will reveal God to them. Also, put your family on display with old photos and art projects the kids did when they were little. Let people know a family live in that home, children grew in your home, laughs and tears fill your home. It should look lived in.
The key to sight is creating a space that uses the eyes to draw your family closer to God and closer to one another. Purging this unnecessary and filling with love is what we need to do to clean the windows of the soul. Put an end to all the clutter and junk one room at a time. Then, fill it with the love of God and family.
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