As I consider moving into a smaller home, I’m realizing that before my family and I do, we need to downsize. It’s all too easy to multiply how much you have depending on how big your house is. However big the house, it seems as if you want to fill the empty spaces, which is pretty much what I’ve done. I’ve always been a minimalist and not one to hold onto things but since I live in a decent size house, I haven’t realized how much I actually do have until recently. Since beginning to downsize, I’ve experienced a sense of freeness about it. I feel a lot lighter when letting go of things.

And you know this applies to more than just material things, it applies to all worldly things; such as anger, jealousy, unforgiveness, holding on to your past, all these things can weigh you down, making it almost impossible to move on to what God has in store for your life. Too often, we dwell on these things, replaying them in our minds because somehow we think it helps us get over it. But you know what, it doesn’t. It actually stirs it up, and the problem then spills into your relationships, sometimes destroying those relationships.

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26) Nothing in this world could fill the empty space in your heart like the love of our maker, God. And when He pours so much love into the space in your heart, the love overflows to everyone around you. You are then able to reach more people in a deeper way than before.

People want to see God’s love in action around them; they need to see God’s love for them personally, in a real way. I want to be a vessel of God’s love, for others to come to know Him and grow closer to Him through my obedience. I challenge you to influence your ministry in a positive way by letting go of the weight on your shoulder this week and in the weeks ahead.

If you have accepted this challenge, share with us! What weight are you letting go of?

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.