The Purge

moving couch

Currently, my house is in a state of purging. We just sold our roll-top desk we had for 20 years because it had become a magnet for STUFF and ultimately the desk was too big for our house. It was HUGE. Next, we are getting rid of our couch that, although very comfy, is just beyond cleaning again. We looked into re-upholsterying it, but the cost would be the same as a new couch, especially because the cushions have started to deteriorate. After that, we are unto the dining room set, a chair I inherited from my father, and more. Basically, it is time to move on from those things that no longer serve a good purpose in our home and in our lives.

The start of a new year is a great time to do this. But just as our house needs such action, so do our lives. You and I know there are things we hold unto that no longer serve us well. Sometimes, those things we are hanging unto never really served us well in the first place. Regret, anger, resentment, and grudges are all examples of things we hold unto like they are so very important, when all they do is hurt us and prevent us from thriving.

As each piece of furniture leaves my house, I am trying to get rid of one additional thing in my life that needs to go as well. Some things will be easier to discern than others. Some things I may not want to admit to the fact that they even exist. But, I need to do this. God is calling me to do this.

In this new year, what are you holding unto that needs to be gone from your life?

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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