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Bringing Out the Trash

Taking a Spiritual Inventory

by J.M. Troppello

Our trash and recycling day is on Mondays. My husband usually gets the trash together and rolls both bins to the front of the driveway on Sunday night. On Monday when I went outside to get the mail and check the vegetable garden, I also brought the trash and recycling bins back to the side of the house.

The recycling bin was empty. Yet the trash bin wasn’t. A short while later, I got a text from our landlord that they were informed by the Waste Management company that the trash would not be picked up until next Monday. I could tell by the tone of her text that she was not happy about that. She said she’d been in contact with them and was trying to rectify the situation.

I texted back that at least the trash bin was less than half full and not filled to the top like it has been on other weeks.

Taking a Spiritual Inventory

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24 (NKJV)

This incident with the trash reminded me of the importance of taking a spiritual inventory. You likely have so many responsibilities just like me. Yet, it’s vital to consistently take a spiritual inventory if you want to grow in your walk with the Lord.

Consider the following steps to take if you want to complete that spiritual inventory:

· Honesty – Honestly evaluate your spiritual life and whether you are feeding your flesh and soul more than your spirit with things of the world—like spending too much time on social media or watching too much TV.

· Bible – Check with God’s Word to see what the Lord says about your specific situation. If you need further guidance, speak to your small group leader or pastor at your church.

· Accountability – Work with a trusted individual to share your plan to take this spiritual inventory. Make sure you have complete faith that this person will not gossip about your private conversations.

· Implementation – Use a journal to track your action plan. Write out important things you’ve learned from reading Scripture that apply to your situation, such as Bible verses you may need to memorize.

· Consistency – Pray about how often God would have you take a spiritual inventory. Some people are dealing with severe situations and may need to do this each day or every few days. Maybe you can do the inventory once a week or once a month. The key is consistency and spiritual growth.

I’m preaching to the choir here because I need to take spiritual inventories as well. One area where I’ve needed to clean up is not watching too much news and not spending a lot of time on social media. That’s been very helpful because I had been getting depressed from wasting time in those areas.

Currently, my husband and I have been evaluating TV shows we’re watching. We want to glorify God in all we do. However, sometimes our flesh gets in the way, and we may be watching stuff that isn’t necessarily bad for us—but it’s not edifying either.

We recently subscribed to the Up Faith & Family app and Pure Flix, yet regrettably, we haven’t watched too much content there. I know we should watch more, and less on Netflix.

Life can get in the way. Yet, I don’t want my flesh to rule over my soul and spirit. I know you and I are works in progress. However, I never want to get apathetic to the things of God and love the things of the world more.

Have you taken a spiritual inventory of your life recently?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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