I deactivated my second opportunity. I find it amazing that I received my first Vox Box opportunity AFTER I deactivated my Twitter account and even after I answered all of the hair product questions with “other” when the company questioned what products I use on my hair. And still they want to send me a box full of hair products. I am open with new brands for wiping my counters and toilet bowls. I have no loyalty to toothpastes or t-shirts. I accept all forms of carpet cleaner and makeup. I had one reservation when I signed up to review. I had one hope in the back of my mind. I prayed, “please. Please do not sent me hair products.”
God laughed. He said, “I told you not to sign up.” You see. Free is not really free. Everything in life comes at a cost. And sometimes I am so consumed in uncovering what a company can do for free that I forget, it comes at a cost. I would have to review a product for which I already had many reservations. I would have to share my loyalty with a line that did not necessarily meet my expectations. Then, to add insult to injury, God sent the one person who has my utmost respect to tell me specifically about the downside of the product I knew I was about to receive.
“Deactivate your account.”
But what if I just tell them the truth, that I do not want to share because the product is no good?
“Deactivate your account.”
But what about the boxes that come afterwards? They could have some great stuff.
“Ok, God, I’ll deactivate the account.” And I deactivated my account.
Because this weekend, I learned that delayed obedience is disobedience. And last week, I learned that I could not move forward because 4,000 pictures that were taking up too much space. And He told me to start deleting months ago.
He knew months ago that last week, I would be starting a new chapter. He knew LONG BEFORE I DID that I was holding on too much to a past that could prevent me from moving forward. So after that I began to move just because God says move. He can do more with whatever few items that account could have brought me.
He needs space to move mountains using ordinary moments. He has big plans, and those plans require deactivated accounts, deleted photos, and unsubscriptions. I learned that sometimes we miss our window of opportunity because we wait until we understand why but we always know what we need to do, most times long before we do it.
So I deactivated my account.
Because free comes at a cost.
Because holding on comes at a cost. Because I needed space to move forward. So I leave you with three thoughts as you continue to declutter your past and sometimes your present…
You are going to need room for your ordinary to operate in extraordinary. If you do not, your ordinary may just remain ordinary. You will be stuck living the same life, repeating the same tests. You will never make it to your next level.
Deactivate from accounts – from one-side alliances…or companies…or friendships…or relationships.
Delete e-mails, pictures, diaries, boxes that hold memories of pain that was once pleasure. The pleasure will remain forever ingrained in your heart but the rest is just taking up much needed space.
Unsubscribe from things that no longer bring you joy, that just clog up your inbox and prevent you from focusing on what you really want to see. What you really need to see…
Declutter your past. It absolutely affects your present. Think back, smile, then push forward. You, my dear, have mountains to move.
What account do you need to deactivate? What portions of your past do you need to delete?
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