1st April 2017

Garages and Minds 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

In the last eleven years my wife and I have lived in two different villages, but both have one thing in common—most people don’t use their garages as a garage. Although we do, it seems the majority use their garages as junk rooms for all the clutter that does not fit anywhere else. It’s amazing just how much clutter we accumulate in our lives. Some houses have big double garages, but this only creates room for even more stuff. Of course, there are some things, like bikes, canoes, camping equipment, an extra fridge or freezer, where the garage is the logical place for them to go.

Walking past some houses when the garage is open and you can see it is full of clutter, you can’t help thinking about the parallel between garages full of junk and the minds of so many people today. Minds which are full of the clutter of TV reality shows, and endless trivia about the lives of so-called celebrities, to say nothing about the daily grind of life in which the trivial becomes important and the important becomes trivial. That’s a real and important challenge of life for us all. The clutter in our garages, symbolic of the clutter in our minds, takes us in every direction but the one we should go.

I am not suggesting that there is any direct connection between a garage full of junk, or even useful things, and having a right relationship with God. Simply using that as a symbol of the way so many people are today—so wrapped up in the trivia of life that they can’t unclutter their minds to think clearly about what is really important.

What a blessing that God knows our weakness, and through his son, Jesus Christ, has provided a way for all humanity eventually to unclutter their minds and focus on the one relationship which leads to eternal life. Seeking first the Kingdom of God requires a clear mind to focus on what is really important for us. With the help of God we can ensure that none of the trivia and clutter that surrounds us today squeezes out what is really important—our relationship with God. 

Father, in this busy material world, help us to stay focused on what is really important, following where Christ leads and our relationship with You. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick


About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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