Purge Your Wardrobe…and Your Heart

As cold weather approaches, I find myself purging my closet of my summer wardrobe…and purging my heart. In fact, the changing of the seasons has become a signal for me to to take inventory of my heart at least as frequently as I change what’s in my closet. And interstingly enough, the more I do this, the more correlation I discover between the two.

Think about it.

If you and I paid as much attention to what’s in our heart, as we do to what’s in our closet , our spirits would probably flow more freely in Christ’s love. In fact if we carefully examined how  each fruit of the spirit fit us like we do with our wardrobe, our robe of righteousness might become less spotted and more flowing in Christ’s love.

In fact, as I was writing this article I had an occasion to do try on a few fruits of the spirit to see how I was doing because I had this post written, then accidently deleted it all and could retrieve it. How I responded to this calamity revealed something to me about my heart.

The Holy Bible admonishes us to beware the little foxes because it is the little things that can ensare us. (Song of Song 2) And oh how true this is! It is the little attitudes that can snowball into big attitudes that can cause our hearts to sour.

But if we will prayerfully examine ourselves… As closely as we do our clothing we would be more apt to catch the little snags and tears in our spirit’s garment before it became not fit to be worn in public.

So this season, as you purge your closet, take the opportunity to purge your heart also. To consider what attitudes you ar wearing that become you, and which ones need to be disposed of. And as you do this, be sure to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help. He is ready, willing, and able to be your spiritual wardrobe consultant.

Debbie Simler-Goff

Debbie Simler-Goff is a Christian author, minister’s wife, and Grief Recovery Specialist® who works in hospice. She has contributed to three devotional books, and blogs regularly at www.dsimlergoff.com. When Debbie isn’t playing with her 11 grandchildren, she can usually be found scouting out the local ice cream shops.

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