What would it look like if we lived life in a round room? A round room has no corners. No corners means there’s no place to hide. Everything must be brought out to the center of the room and dealt with. When you know what you’re dealing with, it’s much easier to fix, before it grows too big.
But it’s easier to hide things in the corner, isn’t it? It’s easier to cover up cracks in the floor with a rug, and line the attic with boxed up items we don’t want to sift through right now.
But what happens when we stuff, cover up and put off dealing with issues until later?
Hidden away in the dark corner of our mind is where Satan holds us captive to the things we’ve covered up or not dealt with. He condemns us for each one and whispers that we can never be forgiven for them, for they are too awful.
It’s like what Scar said to Simba on The Lion King – And what would your mother think if she knew your little secret? No, run away Simba! Run away and never return.
The only way to break free from this lie is to sweep the corners of our mind clean and unpack the boxes we don’t want to deal with.
It starts with committing to deal with the stuff from today and not put it off until tomorrow anymore.
So what kinds of things do we stuff in the corners of our mind?
Well, if you’re like me, you’ve got a few specific instances when friends offended you, times when you felt left out, times when you were left out, times you were made fun of and times you made fun of others.
Then, there’s the time someone you loved hurt you. Whether it was physical or emotional, you can remember every detail.
And because of these issues, there’s now the issue of forgiveness – to the person who’s asked and to the person who hasn’t asked.
Then if you’re like me, there’s a container labeled fear. And it’s a big container. In it are tightly hidden away things that make you shudder at the thought of them. Things I hear the Lord asking me to do, but I’m afraid of what other people will think of me when I do them. Things I’m just afraid will happen.
Then there’s another box labeled shame. Concealed in there are things I did in my past that I regret. Things I’ve never told anyone, but every once in awhile they come alive in my mind and I can relive every detail.
Then there’s a box with random words and conversations declaring and reminding me that I’ll never be good enough – pretty enough, organized enough, friendly enough. Therefore, I will ruin my kids and my marriage will fail. This one’s super encouraging.
Do you see all the stuff in the corner of our mind? And these were just a few things I came up with off the top of my head.
How can we make clear headed decisions with that much clutter affecting our thinking?
It’s time to clean out our mind ladies! The fears, the shame, the insecurities, the lies, the things we think we have control over, the bad decisions we’ve made, they are not who we are! But if we keep them stored up in the corner of our mind, they will haunt us for the rest of our life!
I believe it’s time to sweep clean the corners of our mind and live life in a round room. It’s time to bring all the ugliness to the center of the room and not store anything in the shadowy corners again.
By doing this, it frees us of the grip Satan had on us while those secrets remained hidden. When they are drug to the center of the room and dealt with, Satan can no longer accuse and condemn us for what we have done, thought of doing, or hadn’t done right, anymore!
Praise the Lord!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to do some corner cleaning?