Life lessons abounded here yesterday (along with candles)! I approached Sorting Day 4 by gathering candles from their storage places throughout the house.Then I faced the daunting task of deciding which ones to keep, where to store them, which ones to throw away, which ones to give away and how to actually get rid of them. All the while, I was thinking of life lessons from this semi-embarrassing experience of acknowledging and correcting some less-than-admirable personal traits.
I guess the primary lesson came from the Bible verse I've known for a long time: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1). Clearly candles aren't a sin in themselves, but the thoughtless accumulation of them MAY be. They definitely are a "weight". They (and other such accumulations) distract me, and it was PAST time to eliminate them.
I threw away stubs and crooked ones. I sorted by color and decided to keep red, white and blue ones - not so much a patriotic decision, but those were colors I actually may use. I advertised the rest as being free to anyone who would come pick them up. I already have a taker! She is going to give them to her father who makes fire starters from them.
I am SO over candles!