May 7

Written by Bill Grandi on May 7th, 2024

Today is “Get out and Vote!” day. Surprise! I have no interest in writing about politics. Instead, I’d like to write about something else: CLOSETS.

Closets you say? Yes. We all have them. If not, our house would be a mess of clothes strewn everywhere. We also have closets in our lives. For many of us, we want to keep them hidden and closed (preferably locked). We would prefer no one see them. Just as some closets are so crammed full of stuff that to open the door spells disaster, so it is with the closets of our lives. We have stuffed them so full of garbage that the spill would be disastrous.

The worst thing in the closet? Skeletons. Not the Halloween kind. Skeletons we want to keep buried (no pun intended) or pushed to the back so they don’t see the light of day.

And those skeletons? WOW! Adultery. An addiction to alcohol, porn, or some drug. Lying. Cheating on an exam. Murder by hatred. Plagiarism. Immorality. A loose sexual past. An abortion. The list in endless.

The sad part is that as long as that closet remains closed and unemptied, and the more we think we have fooled others, the sadder it is for us. That junk in the closet becomes a chain slowly dragging us down and holding us back.

In John 8 the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery (by the way, where was the man?) and threw her at Jesus’ feet. After writing in the sand and watching her accusers leave one by one, He stands and asks her where they are. After she says, “Gone,” he sets her free with a few simple words: “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” {emphasis mine} He was not excusing her sin but He did clean out her closet and set her free.

He will do the same for us. For you. But you must unlock and open that closet door.

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i recently wrote a review of a friend’s book called Sober Cycle.  It is the story of Sherry Hoppen’s battle with alcoholism. Her closet, once locked, was opened wide and exposed. You can find that review at my other blog, Cycleguy’s Spin. You can find that review here. Please visit and comment. But more, I’d encourage you to buy the book.

 

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. gail says:

    In one my pray groups, we have prayed for clean hands, a pure heart, and a faithful soul. We asked God to show us unrepented sins in our life. When you ask God to do that, God will open your eyes to those sins. Opening up and cleaning out your closet with God, is not always easy but it is very freeing, cleansing, and allows God to work on your heart in ways that really mature your spiritual growth.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That is so true Gail. I’m excited to hear and see what God is doing in your life and the ladies you study with.

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