My previous post--in which I publicly committed to cleaning my office--resulted in some very good advice and guilt-laden encouragement.
Let me just say for clarification: My office is clean; there is just a lot of stuff in it.
My therapist has acknowledged that getting rid of some of the clutter could be difficult for me emotinally. As a minister who works with children a lot, I often find myself called uppon at the last minute to teach a lesson, or simply engage their little minds for X number of minutes.
It's not uncommon for me to have 3 minutes notice to be ready to step in and teach, and in those instances it's very helpful to have odd things sitting around my office. I just grab a bottle of vinegar--or anything else from that list--and head off to class. On the walk there, I just have to think of some object lesson or spiritual signicance involving that object.
So, as I prepare to clean my office next week, please know that the children of this church may be faced with object lessons using only paper clips, a tape dispenser or other common office supplies. There will be no more lessons using moldy wheat rolls and a half deck of Elvis playing cards from Vegas. (I kid you. I already mentioned in the last post that those wheat roll are staying a little longer for a purpose. Curious, eh?)
To soften the blow, though, I'm going to go with one reader's suggestion (burning4eternity) and have a giveaway. What a great idea. It will bring joy to my overcrowded heart to know that these valuable objects are going to good homes.
Just select an item from the previous post and comment on how it might be used to teach YOUR children (or spouse or dog or roommate or grocer) a lesson for life.
Example: the deflated mylar balloon reminds me that many things in life are temporary. We need to celebrate and find joy in every opportunity. Or the birthday balloon could just remind you how old and decrepit you're getting.
You never know. YOU could be the winner of a giant latex apron or a power drill. I'll probably construct a giant wooden wheel to spin and place all of your names on it. Even if you have a lousy comment that you don't think is as clever as everyone else's, the wheel could still pick you!
After spinning it and determining the winner, the big wheel will sit in the corner of my office for the next three years until the next big purge.