Get Rid of the Garbage
by Dianne Barker
“I’ll load the car for you,” hubby offered as I finished last-minute details before heading off to a writers’ conference.
I’d prepared several articles, hoping to attract an editor’s attention. Having barely enough time to pack, I set everything by the door—suitcase, garment bag, makeup case, a canvas tote with my writing samples, and a couple of small plastic grocery bags. I’m not one who packs lightly.
I thanked my sweetie, gave him a kiss, and dashed out the door. What a glorious day to be driving across the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains! My heart gushed praise for God’s handiwork and for opportunities awaiting me.
After checking in and receiving my room assignment, I found a parking space nearby and popped the trunk.
Among my stuff I noticed a bag of garbage! I’d left it by the door with my luggage, and hubby—having no clue what was inside any of the bags—assumed this one needed to go, too. It wasn’t the first time I’d carried garbage with me.
I spent much of my life prowling the garbage dump, dragging bags of stinking trash from one place to another—anger, bitterness, fear, worry, inferiority, negative thinking.
One magnificent day I decided to leave my trash where it belonged—in the dump.
Taking one step—absolute surrender to Christ—I found myself surrounded by new neighbors. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Gentleness. Goodness. Faith. Humility. Self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23).
I’ve never regretted that decision to put out the garbage.
(Adapted from I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life.)
Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s secretary and blog coordinator for Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. www.diannebarker.com.