I like smaller handbags as easier to carry and ‘not in the way’. Yet I more often than not opt for a large lightweight handbag as then I can be organised. One of my handbags have so many compartments the way I like it but often I forget which compartment had what and end up frantically opening all of them! Whether it be an umbrella, tissues, wet wipes, coin purse, medications such as my inhaler, some panadol capsules, strepsils, vitamin C and plasters (band aids)… it’s all in there not to forget a pen and a notebook as well as a shopping bag for groceries. I have so many little bags in that one big handbag. Yes, some laugh at all the things I lug about but interestingly more often than not, it comes in handy or rather useful for those very people who find it a joke.
There are times I can’t find something that I need that I have to empty the entire contents of the handbag. In the process it gets cleaned out of much junk that gets dumped in there too – used tissues, receipts and bills etc.
Yet on the other hand pretty often I forget the contents of what is in there. Recently a friend’s sister has been meaning to drop off something when she passes this way – and she had forgotten about it. A few days later she had opened the handbag to look for something when at the dentists and she realised what was meant for me was still in the bag!
I’m sure most females reading this post can identify with the ‘dilemmas’ while guys can relate watching the females in their lives dealing with their every day scenario of THE handbag! Practicality often then is side lined by being accessorised too!
I was laughing at myself earlier and then it just dawned on me that THE handbag can be a great analogy to our spiritual lives too.
We have all that we need when we are ‘out there’ in the world. Are we using the gifts and resources to extend love to our neighbour or do we consider it a ‘burden’ to lug about to the point of complaining or even worse foregoing?
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ – Galatians 6:2
The writer of Galatians encourages us:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up – Galatians 6:9
while emphasising the priority as to whom the good should be done especially to:
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers – Galatians 6:10
God has equipped us more than sufficiently but yet we feel we aren’t ready or we don’t have what we need. We often neglect or even forget the gifts and the talents and the resources He has already placed within us whether it be emotionally physically or spiritually.
Often junk aka the things of the world – whether it be through media, what we see and what we hear, through sarcastic or condemning or belittling or envious remarks of others that we take to heart instead of discarding then and there – as well as the cares of the world are dumped into us. It accumulates subtly over time taking up much precious room in our minds, hearts, emotions and spirits contaminating and robbing of what should belong to the Holy Spirit. It soon takes over giving Jesus the role of resident from president, and then eventually pushes Him completely out of our lives if we haven’t been watchful. It reminds me of the seed that falls among the thorns
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful – Matthew 13:22
- When was the last time you did a stock taking and cleansing of yourself emotionally physically and spiritually?
- Why not take time out from the world and its trends – perhaps even take a day off work and away from family too – to simply spend time alone at His Feet allowing Him to do a spring cleaning on yourself… ?
May we be refreshed seeing to inner healing of yourself and being a vessel of God’s love to others resulting in the expansion of God’s Kingdom!
May we be like the seed that falls on good ground
… the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” – Matthew 13:23