What does the word inventory mean?
The dictionary defines it as a complete list of items, such as property, goods in stock, or the contents of a building. Synonyms: list, listing, catalog, record, register, checklist, log, archive; make a complete list of.
We were challenged to make time to be alone with God and allow him to search our hearts and bring to light areas in our lives that he is pointing out to us.
I have taken inventory many times and every time I do, I am always amazed at all of the things still there that I didn’t see before. Either I ignored them because they were too painful, or I was blind to the truth. Many times we have blind spots.
Recently I had a dream that I was living in a large house with many rooms, but I was only living in some of the rooms. There were other rooms filled with things, but I was afraid to go into them.
The Lord showed me that those rooms were hurtful memories from the past that I had closed the door to so I would never look at them again because they were so painful. In the dream, I was no longer afraid, and I was able to go through the rooms and salvage all of the good stuff I could use today and leave the bad behind.
There are good treasures in the past that sometimes we lock away with the bad.
Not all of our past was bad. If we look close enough we have plenty of good memories. Many times the bad ones taint our perceptions and we can see no good. God doesn’t want us to live in the past, but He doesn’t want us to ignore it. He wants to heal it.
Many think that by ignoring the past they are fine or can deny that the past had major effects on them.
It is only by sitting in the presence of Jesus and allowing Him to begin the work of truly exposing our hearts that we will ever be healed. Jesus wants us to live healed and be made whole so that we can live free, abundant lives here on earth.
That doesn’t mean a pain-free life, because to be quite honest, good, bad and ugly happen every day. However, when we are connected to the healer, the Lord Jesus Christ, we can make our accounts short by taking daily inventories and not allowing hurt to fester too long.
Hurt that lies dormant will turn to resentment and bitterness. We will not be able to live abundant lives if we are weighed down with hurt.
We cannot fulfill our true purpose if we do not allow God to heal us.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “He has plans to prosper us..for hope and a future. ”
But many still will not allow God to walk through the rooms of their lives and expose the hurt and damage that was caused.
For some of us who have had vices in our lives, whether addictions, habits, or habitual sins, we know that the root is so much more than the exposed problem.
That is exactly what inventory does. It gives God the opportunity to check us. I like to say, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
Today would you sit and make a commitment to God and someone else that you will find time to sit quietly with God and allow him to show you areas that he wants to heal.
Our group is starting with a small task. This week we are writing down ten things we like about ourselves and ten things we don’t.
I challenge you to begin.
Feel free to join us with your list next week.
God bless, and thank you for reading