What’s in Your Cupboard?


I couldn’t resist them! They screamed at me from the shelf in TJ Maxx. As soon as I got home, I washed them in anticipation of the next grandkid visit and… alas! There was no room in the cupboard.

I clearly remember inviting my girls to send me for counseling if I tried to put all the old mugs and glasses in my new cabinets. I thought I discarded every dish we didn’t use, but now I realized a more thorough purge was needed. Out with the old Tupperware cups, the stained mugs, the chipped plates! Space must be made for my latest acquisition. And, yes, there is a life lesson in this… the last from my kitchen reno (I promise).

There’s no space for fresh, new vision unless I let go of what’s old and stale.

I try to fit a lot of good things into my life, but can’t. It’s not for lack of virtue, but lack of space. I can’t do it all. I can’t go on new ventures, test fresh waters, find innovative expressions for my gifts and still hold on to what-once-was-good but now-is-tired. There’s simply no room for everything.

I retired on June 30, freeing up my “cupboard” space, and as with my kitchen cabinets, I’m being intentional about what will fill it. What I want is not unique to me.

  • I want to be used by God and make use of the gifts He’s given me.
  • I want the sweet satisfaction of living in His purposes for me.
  • I want Him to establish the work of my hands by seeing fruit.

The first step to fulfillment is not boxing up the what-once-was, but getting rid of it. It’s not adding something more because it’s good, but replacing the stale with what is best.

If, like me, you want to venture into new territory and explore fresh opportunities, I encourage you to purge. So let me ask… What’s in your cupboard?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janet DeHoog
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 09:11:03

    I just want to know, did you get rid of the ribbons? Seriously, I love your thinking. You are the best sister-in-law!!! I’m giving some pint canning jars to Joy, who will use them. That’s a start. 🙂



  2. Maude Carolan Pych
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 11:21:17

    Barbara, you are right. I know it. I’m on overload! Problem is I love my life and all the things I do, so it’s very hard to purge. Lord, help me to know what to remove from the cupboard of my life.



  3. bhigby
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 16:20:08

    We really need His wisdom, don’t we?



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