Time With the Family: Taking Inventory

inventoryAnother month has gone by and so much has happened this year.  With summer winding down and a busy school year fast-approaching, this lesson really hit home for me.

The lesson: Inventory. It’s a word we often associate with business and with good reason.  After all, businesses have many very practical reasons to complete routine inventory analyses.  Taking inventory allows you to see what’s moving from your shelves, what you’re having trouble selling, what you need to order more of soon and when you have loss due to theft or breakage.  Something else to consider: maybe you’re paying for $100,000 worth of insurance protection on your warehouse and you have let yourself accumulate $500,000 in product.  Either you need to reduce the product on hand or increase your coverage.  Likewise: If you are paying for too much coverage, you may be able to save money by reducing your plan.

And by now you’re reading this and wondering, “So… what exactly does all of this have to do with the Bible? I promise, I’m heading that direction.

clutterThe fact is, inventory isn’t just a business term.  Don’t believe me?  Think about the last time you moved.  I bet there was at least one point where you stopped and stared in disbelief and wondered, “Where did I get all of this stuff?”  The problem with thinking of inventory as a business only need is that we forget how important it can be in our own lives.

495816073Parents know that you have to go through the kids’ clothes periodically and get rid of what doesn’t fit anymore.  When I was a child, we set aside a weekend twice a year to clear out everything I had grown out of or wasn’t wearing and take note of the things I lacked in my wardrobe.  If we hadn’t, I’d never have had room for the things I got for my birthday or Christmas.  The dresser would never have held it all and I’d have been piling things on the floor.  Not only would I not have been able to find the clothes that fit me amid the mountain of old clothes but I wouldn’t have had any room left to play!

You see, we recognize this when it comes to business.  We definitely see it to be true when we look at our children’s clothes.  So tell me, why is it so hard to understand that we need to evaluate our spiritual inventory?!?

Today, I’m challenging you, as I have myself, to take a long, critical look at what’s going on in your world.

  • What have we let creep into our lives?
  • What do we have in our store house that maybe we were not even aware of?

Of course this could be pretty overwhelming.  For many of us, looking is hard enough but making a plan turns us into deer in the headlights.  I’ll let you in on a little trick I learned years ago: LET A FRIEND HELP!  When you’re staring at a physical mess and don’t know what to do to get started, sometimes your best friend is exactly the outside eye you need to come in minus cumbersome emotional attachments to say, “Hey, silly, that’s junk.”  It’s often the same in your spiritual life.  Find someone you trust to be God-honoring and objective and ask for help taking all of the spiritual baggage to the dump!  Remember, if you don’t clear out the old, you aren’t leaving room for God to fill up your heart with new and better things.  Take the time.  Make the effort.  Be Blessed.

Gal. 6: 4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

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Written by April

April

April Keown is a Marketing Coordinator and Social Media Manager for New Leaf Publishing Group. She earned her bachelor’s degree at College of the Ozarks and is in the process of pursuing an MBA through Capella University. Despite being a working mother, she is a huge proponent of home-education and is proud to be affiliated with the NLPG’s mission to spread God’s truth through their Master Books and New Leaf Press imprints. April considers herself to be a walking testimony to the fact that God never stops pursuing His children and that no matter what you walk through, He will bring you out on the other side with a new-found testimony to share!

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About April

April Keown is a Marketing Coordinator and Social Media Manager for New Leaf Publishing Group. She earned her bachelor’s degree at College of the Ozarks and is in the process of pursuing an MBA through Capella University. Despite being a working mother, she is a huge proponent of home-education and is proud to be affiliated with the NLPG’s mission to spread God’s truth through their Master Books and New Leaf Press imprints. April considers herself to be a walking testimony to the fact that God never stops pursuing His children and that no matter what you walk through, He will bring you out on the other side with a new-found testimony to share!