[Destination]: Excess Relief

When was the last time you took inventory of the food you have in your house?  I mean, really dug in the deep freezer, sorted through your pantry, and checked out your spices.  For me, I only made it through my deep freezer and regular freezer yesterday.  What did I find?  Enough food to sustain us for quite some time!  I couldn’t believe it.  Well, I could, but I don’t think I was ready to admit to the fact that we buy way more than we need at any given time. 

So, to organize this area of my life, I made a list of everything that was in both freezers, then sorted the list by food type and taped the list to the back of one my cabinets that I use regularly.  I plan on doing the same thing with my pantry, my spice cabinet, my refrigerator, and my baking cupboard.  Before I go grocery shopping again, I plan on using up whatever I have in my house.  I’m hoping to get to the point that I can get rid of my deep freezer to open up some space in my pantry/laundry room, and only buy what will fit into the freezer in my refrigerator.  I’m sure that most of you already do something like this, but for me, it’s not only going to be a space saver but a money saver as well.  I need to declutter and get rid of the excess in my life.

This all ties into a healthier lifestyle for me.  Having staples on hand is not the problem, but when we buy and buy and don’t use what we’ve purchased, it’s such a waste.  It’s the same as stuffing my face with food I think I want that my body can’t use because it doesn’t need it.  Why not learn to do this externally to help my journey internally?

Do you stop and ask yourself whether you’re truly hungry when you’re reaching for that brownie or bag of chips?  Do you ask yourself whether those things will truly satisfy you?  While I’ve been searching my soul the past few weeks about what it really is craving, I’ve uncovered a lot of pain, a lot of trouble, and have fallen further into despair.  However, I’m starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel.  In God’s effort to build us up, we will inevitably tear ourselves down.  This only makes God’s rebuild stronger.  We have to break down to the foundation, the root of the problem, in order to fix the cracks, heal, and place each brick back in it’s rightful place.

Learning this internally has helped me to see that I need to do the same thing in my external life: in my home, in my work, and in my relationships.  So the next time you’re getting ready to do some grocery shopping, double check what you’ve already got on hand.  And the next time you go to eat something, take inventory of whether that is what your soul is truly craving.  You might be surprised at what you find.