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Taking the Next Step – Cleaning Our Mental Attics

On Sunday we read from Luke 11:24-26 and talked about the need to clean our mental attics.

As you think about the things you’ve stored over the years in your mental attic, what are some of the great things you remember? What is the best memory you have? What was the first time you can remember falling in love? What are you proudest of in your life? Think of a time that you felt really close to God. Spend some time today thinking about the good things that have happened in your life.

We also talked about the bad memories we have that we seem to store away forever. We store away worries, fears, hurt, anger, broken hearts, and more. Take some time today (if it’s not too painful) and think about the negative things you have stored away. Why do you think you hold on to these memories? What might you be able to do to begin to let them go? Sometimes, we have to cut the duct tape off the containers first. What might this look like for you?

As you read the verses from Luke, start with verse 14.  What is Jesus’ argument against those who say that he is the devil? In the verses I talked about on Sunday, Jesus is telling us that cleaning out isn’t enough. We have to replace the things we get rid of with other things. For instance, we can’t just get rid of anger. We have to replace it with peace. We can’t just get rid of greed. We have to replace it with generosity. If we don’t, we always end up going back to our old ways. Have you ever had a time where you tried to live differently, but fell back into your own ways? What was it like? Why do you think you did it?

Take some time right now to pray. Ask God to help you get rid of the junk in your mental attic. Ask God to fill you with peace, hope, love, and forgiveness instead.  Ask God to bless our baptismal and reaffirmation of faith party this Sunday.

Have a blessed week, Pastor Scott.

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