Thursday, December 16, 2010
A TIME TO THROW AWAY
to search and a time to give up as lost ; A time and a time to keep to throw away. –Ecclesiastes 3:6
since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. -Hebrews 12:1
Following the “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews chapter 11), the Apostle Paul says that we should remove everything from our lives that weighs us down or might cause us to trip. A runner would never wear work boots to a race. No, a runner wears light weight shows that are designed to give the him an optimal performance.
On December 1st, moving day from Malakoff, TX to Center, TX, I had a life changing event slap me like a two-by-four to the forehead. That fateful day, I discovered that 15 years worth of furniture, clothing, books, toys, and keepsakes will more than fill a semi truck trailer. I confess to you today that I had to return 3 days later with the church’s trailer to retrieve the contents of my storage shed. Unbelievable!
Ecclesiastes 3:6 says there is a time to keep and a time to throw away. I recall telling Kim, “This is it! Things are going to change! We are going to fit our possessions on a semi truck with room to spare the next time the Beechem’s move!” He took our first load to the Goodwill in Nacogdoches on Saturday. Yesterday, my pastor showed me a thrift store in Center called The Shelby County Outreach. Glory hallelujah! We have no excuses now because we have a local thrift store where we can donate all of our unnecessary things. I can’t wait to take my first load and many more after that. This will be very liberating for us. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to park our cars in the garage if all goes well!
Posted by Eric Beechem at 9:28 AM