Cornerstone Family Ministries
"Individual and Family Wholeness"

Newsletter March 2007


I know it seems hard to believe but spring is really just around the corner. The Iditarod will start in a few days and on March 11, it will be time to turn our clocks ahead an hour for daylight savings time.

When I was a kid growing up in a little logging and farming town in Washington, there were several things that I always enjoyed about the coming of spring. First of course was that it meant that summer vacation wasn’t very far away. Beside that though, I looked forward to the opening of trout fishing season in both the lakes and small streams and the beginning of baseball season. Another annual rite of spring was the yearly “clean up day” that our little town had that usually got almost all of the 400 residents involved in one way or another. Folks would pile anything they wanted hauled to the dump out along the street and a crew of us would come by in an old stripped down fire truck, load their junk up and haul it away. For older or disabled folks, other crews of young people would volunteer to go into their garages or back yards and haul the heavy or bulky things out to the street for them. In all, it gave us a terrific sense of belonging to a neat little town. The whole thing was wrapped up in the afternoon with a weenie roast at the old city park near our house where the old timers would sit and swap yarns while us youngsters would play games among the huge cedar trees. I miss those days.

I think in a spiritual sense, we also occasionally need to have “spring cleaning” days in our lives now and then. It is good to take inventory occasionally and see if there are things that clutter up our lives and toss ‘em. Hebrews 12:1 refers to these things as the sins and weights that so easily beset us. Things like old grudges, bitterness or harmful habits need to be hauled to the dump and exchanged for a clear conscience and unhindered relationships.

Some things we may find in our lives might be good to give away to others. Things like a little bit of time we could offer to help someone in need or a gift we haven’t used in a long time. Bags of stored up kindness or forgiveness should be put in the “give away” pile because they are of little use sitting unused in the storage closet of our lives. Other stuff, like toxic attitudes or moldy old gossip shouldn’t be shared with anyone but should be put in the burn barrel never to be seen or heard of again.

If you come across a box of old memory tapes, take some time to cherish and remember those who comprise the various pieces of cloth in the quilt of your life. If they are still living, a letter or “I was just thinking of you” call might be just the ticket. Be careful while rummaging through that old box of tapes if you come across some footage of your
darkest days or failures. It might be best not to replay those. And, if you come across an old photo album capturing the days when you first came to Jesus and were so “lit up” with excitement and love for him…It might be an afternoon well spent talking with him and renewing that first love that may have dimmed a bit.

So, have fun with your spring cleaning this year. It can be a life-changing adventure.

Wayne Coggins
Cornerstone Family Ministries


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