Chuck and I have a small, walk-in closet. 

Nothing fancy; nothing you would see featured on HGTV.

And for the last 17 years, we were using two dressers in that closet,

dressers that had originally belonged to our now young-adult children.

The bottoms of several of the drawers would fall out

every time

we opened them.

Most of the drawers no longer closed all the way.

They were filled with socks, t-shirts, and stuff from our non-existent

medicine cabinet,

much of which we never knew was there because we hated opening the drawers. 

So, a few weeks ago,

I bought two "new" dressers

at a used furniture store.

And we finally replaced those malfunctioning,

compressed board,



(can you tell I had some feelings about these dressers?)

with old,

but functioning,


And you know what happened?

We cleaned out 70% of our closet.

We started giving away

or throwing away

mismatched socks,

Children's Tylenol 6 years past its expiration date,

shirts we have never worn,

jeans that no longer fit,

and on and on and on and on ...

And then you know what happened?

We discovered that the remaining clothes and medicine

are just right,

exactly what we need,

and we can clearly see all the "stuff"

that we still own,

so that we make good use of it

and stop trying to organize

clothes and meds we never even use ...

It is like a fresh wave of good energy is rolling through our house.

One change.

That's all it took.

We decided to do one new thing

and a bunch of dominoes fell.

I wonder,

what impact this kind of "small change creates big momentum" idea

make in our spiritual life?

Do one thing different in the way you pray ...

Try a new way of reading the biblical text ...

Get rid of old, childish ideas of God ... (like, that God is constantly watching you waiting to pounce on your failures)

Sit in a new place at church ...

Read a book from a perspective different than your own ...

I don't know what it might look like for you,

but I challenge you to give it a shot.

Small change can create big momentum ...

not just in our closets,

but in our souls.