It’s a wonderful feeling to literally clean out the past of your life (be it physical, spiritual and mental). Not only does your head and heart feel less cluttered, but it allows your eyes to focus more clearly on the path in front as instructed by the LORD, so you can move forward in life.

In the run up to Christmas, I decided to clean out my cupboards, bedside drawers, study desk and bookcases. I honestly don’t know why, it was rather spontaneous of me to spring-clean my bedroom and it’s not even spring yet! I’ve piled high a tonne of old magazines that I’m happy to recycle. I’ve even prepared a stack of receipts from the good folk from the Student Loans Company. My £14,000 debt is cleared ages ago, so there’s no point in keeping the receipts any longer! I even stumbled across old letters from people, whom I once called friend. I personally believe this area in life is where many people stumble. How do you move on with a heavy heart? How do you forgive people who have hurt you? I can easily forgive people, but sometimes I need to listen to my heart and simply let go and move on. I am preparing my mind for 2012 by clearing the clutter of my head and heart, and allowing the LORD God to redirect my attention to the path in front of me in life.

I am also confident about my overall health, now that the mysterious viral infection has left my body for 8 months without rebound. It has taken a good 2 years for my immune system to find ground, since I was diagnosed with a perforated appendix back in August 2009. I guess just like everything else in life, there is a time and place for rest, healing and restoration – it depends whom you seek for strength and refuge in times of trouble, which is why my faith in the LORD Jesus Christ is of central importance in my life. I look forward to how the LORD reveals His plan for me. Curiously, since I graduated from seminary school in July, I do feel nudged into full-time ministry, and by God’s grace, He has allowed me to have some time of rest to focus on my health. It’s been an intriguing journey to-date, but I simply want to count the blessings in my life, take one day at a time, and see how the LORD has touched and blessed friends and family close to me. I know I’m not perfect, but I do hope and pray that when I journey close with the LORD – folk may see Jesus living in me.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. -1 Cor. 13:13 (NLT)

~Richard