I love my garage. I keep a lot of things I care about in there. I have a lot of tools; hand tools, power tools, automotive tools, specialty tools, ladders, extensions cords, yard tools, lawn equipment…the list goes on.
When I first moved into my house, I put up pegboards on my walls, built a bench, and bought Rubbermaid tubs. I hung every hand tool up–every hammer, screwdriver, wrench, level, square, and pliers. The ladder mounted high and tight across the back wall. Every extension cord was wrapped up nicely and hanging on the wall. The floor was clean enough to eat off of. The yard tool pegboard was a thing of beauty–the whole garage looked like the set of a TV show.
Three things happened over time:
1. I got lazy. I didn’t have the discipline to put the tools back in their proper places.
2. I got busy. I didn’t have the time to clean the garage out when it became covered in filth.
3. I accumulated “stuff.” A new toy, a half-finished project, something I picked up at a garage sale.
My garage is now full, and I cannot “fit” anything else in. It’s cold here now, and I don’t even have room for my wife to pull her car in so she doesn’t have to haul four children in 20 degree weather.
It’s about time to clean out my garage—to get rid of the unnecessary “stuff,” to make time to clean up the filth [and make an effort to keep it clean], and to discipline myself to put things back in the proper place.
Am I really going to be cleaning my garage out?
Well, in a sense, yes. My garage is my life. I have found that the older I get, the more cluttered my life gets with “stuff.” I have lost my discipline to have certain foundational structures in place, such as my daily Bible study, daily prayer, etc. I get too busy with other things in life to ensure I keep my temple pure…to fill myself with God’s word, resist the devil, and purge out unrighteousness. I have so many other things in my life that take up my time, and leave me with the excuse of “well, I just don’t have time.”
My time didn’t change—I still have the same 24 hours each day as I did 15 years ago, but I am choosing to spend my time differently.
In an effort to ensure I am being a good steward of the time God has given me here on earth, I am re-evaluating everything I do.
Time is precious, and every once in a while, we look back at our lives and see how we have slowly slipped far, far away from where we started. You would never clean your garage only to expect tomorrow it will be so cluttered you can’t even walk through it. It takes a long time to fall away from where you originated—that’s why you don’t realize it until you step back and compare where you are now with where you started.
Is it time you cleaned out your garage?