Faithful as always, He spoke to my heart with words of encouragement about how much He loves me, even though I’m not perfect and don’t accomplish as much as I think I should. Any forward progress is better than nothing, He reminded me. He didn’t design us to succeed every time, only to be able to move forward, to learn and progress, and through that process to eventually become all we can be.
Jesus then gave me a few pointers to help me to make progress in this area, including what I have come to call “the rule of five.” The crux of my problem was that I had been hanging on to too much hurt.
Jesus didn’t suggest that I embark on a huge journey, abd change over night that would have been very taxing and nearly impossible to follow through on, but rather that I start by trying to get rid of five unnecessary hurts each day. It could be as simple as putting a brochure that I’m through with into the recycle bin. I am also trying to pass on nice things that I will probably never use again, like that item of clothing that would fit if I were to lose some weight, but which would look great on a friend right now. You get the idea. Uncluttered living emotionally is the heart of God for our lives.
Of course some days I forget or don’t have time, and I still have a lot of stuff to work through, but the rule of five has given me a plan that works and I no longer constantly feel like an organizational failure.
James 1:22 ESV – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV – For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Colossians 1:29 ESV – For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.