I designed a t-shirt that said “God Wants Your Junk” and I was asked by my niece “What do you mean by Junk – You mean like Junk in the Trunk?” That was not quite what I was getting at, but I had to say that God does care about what we do with our ‘Junk in the Trunk’ too. What I really intended to communicate was that God wants us to be rid of those things in our lives that weigh us down, rob us of our joy and most importantly keep us separated from him. So I modified the design to look like this:
I had served in Celebrate Recovery (CR) a 12 step recovery program for almost 5 years and I became acutely aware that the average Joe or Jane walk around with a lot of underlying pain, anger, resentment, disappointment, anxiety, unhappiness, etc. etc. – JUNK –
Most of us make no effort for years to do anything about the various hurts, habits or hang ups that we struggle with until we get to rock bottom. So my question was WHY??
I realize now that it takes time for us to admit defeat. We try hard to fix our problems ourselves, but almost every time we fail. We fail because we were not meant to fix ourselves. One of the eight principles of CR says “Realize I am not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable”. Who wants to admit that!!
Most of us don’t, especially if we have been a Christian for a while and should have been perfect by now. Mask in place we live with our pain and shame. But it doesn’t have to be that way. God wants us to come to him with our stuff
- 1 Peter 5:7 – ‘Cast all your cares on him for he cares for you.
- Matt 11:28 – Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
- Luke 1:37 – For there is nothing that God cannot do.”
I won’t lie and say that it will be a quick fix, but I can say with certainty that it is absolutely possible for God to fix ANYTHING that weighs you down in life. Over my years of service in CR I have experienced personal victories and witnessed the change of attitude, behavior, faith, countenance and general quality of life of a couple hundred people. In all cases we took a chance on God, trusting that he would make all things right if we surrendered to his will.
Why not take a chance on God today!!
I’d love to hear from you. Please share your experiences or thoughts. Talk to you soon.