Cleaning Out – Preparing for Marriage

Preparing for marriage

If you are anything like me you can relate to a deep love for clothing. With that same love I hold on to what I no longer need. I look at my closet and can make an excuse to wear an item of clothing I haven’t worn in years… cause I just might need it soon or wear it next summer. Right?!? Anyone feel me?

I was listening to a sermon by Andy Stanley called Get Out, Stay Out and Clean Out. A message to singles encouraging those of us who are still waiting for marriage to prepare for it. The point he made that impacted me the most was Clean Out. His argument was as a single person we have the ability to make more excuses to not clean out our closet. If you are not getting along with a roommate you can chose to get a new one. If you are having a poor time at your job because of your temper, then just get a new one or if you struggle to communicate well in relationships then you just let it go…

It was a bit of a wake up call when he was saying this. I don’t have anyone in this time of singleness that I have a binding commitment to that can call me out on my “old clothes and junk”. I decided to take his words to heart and look at 2018 as a year of purging. Focusing on my character, on facing my struggles and committing to work through them now, and on cleaning out the garbage in my closet.

[‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ‘ 2 Corinthians 5:17]

 I want to be able to purge so when the time does come I may be able to enjoy the fullness of it. Not that I would be perfect, but be at a place where my character can help me overcome some of the avoidable fights and discontentment within the relationship.

I would highly recommend taking a listen to Andy Stanley’s sermon and hearing what he has to say about Get Out and Stay Out.  I would encourage you if you are in a seasons of waiting to starting cleaning out your closet now and join me on throwing the old away and living in the new!

“Life is best served with a hot cup of coffee and a whole lot of grace!”

** If you need some reminders to why singleness is great check out my post on 5 Perks of Being Single! **

**Download Andy Stanley’s App Your Move and Listen to his series You’ll Be Glad You Did**

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