I woke up this morning at about 4am with every intention to go back to sleep for another hour before I officially started my day. But of course that did not happen!
I turned over to scroll through my phone and a notification popped up saying –
iPhone storage full – please delete items to continue using WhatsApp.
I went to my settings and started to delete unused Apps and media files from my messages hoping to free up some space. As I was doing that, I noticed that the items taking up the most space were things I had on there from about 4 years ago. Files and pictures that no longer held any relevance to me. These things that added no value were stopping me from using my phone to its full ability because there was simply no capacity to do more.
As I started to delete the items one by one, I realised that I am the iPhone.
Sis, the iPhone is ME!
There is so much more I could and should be doing but I have not freed up the space to do it. Isn’t it funny how God can speak to us at 4am in the morning through an iPhone analogy!
Recently I have been so overjoyed by the blessings God has afforded me. I am finally sharing parts of my book with the world next month, my business has had the most clients at any one time since it launched and I have been afforded with some great speaking opportunities. But with all of these blessings, I have genuinely struggled to stay onto of it all. I go to bed wondering how on earth I will finish editing this book! I wake up wondering when I will manage to send off invoices and deliver goods to clients, I get nervous thinking about when I can schedule adequate time preparing for ministrations and this is all while I try to kick a** at my 9-5. I never thought I would worry about how I will do the things I prayed for. But here I am!
In life we have got to be aware of the impact harbouring old things can have when trying to make room for the new.
I didn’t feel like I had the capacity to do more because I was so full of things that no longer held value to me. So just like my iPhone I began to slow down. My system would freeze because there were too many things running in the background! I knew everything I was doing in this season had been given to me by God so I couldn’t understand why I felt so drained. I realised that It is only when I close all the apps and start removing the junk, that I will stop crashing. As I deleted those items on my phone, I also cleared up my mind freeing it of the space once filled with things that took my time instead of invested it.
A seed is only as good as the conditions it has been planted in.
If a seed is planted into soil clogged up with weeds, the new grass won’t grow to its full potential. Whether you chose to believe it or not, both the weed and the seed will compete to survive. So just like a gardener, you have got to remove the weeds and create an inhospitable environment to prevent it from future growth. Don’t contaminate the seeds you have planted or the ones planted in you because you can’t seem to let go.
We have to make a conscious decision to monitor ourselves regularly. Don’t wait until you can’t open up an App to start deleting things you do not need. Once you’re through with it, delete it! If we are honest, we are all aware of the majority of things in our lives that birth no fruit. And for those we aren’t aware of, ask God to reveal them. It’s time for us to start doing regular maintenance on ourselves. The quicker we do that, the quicker we start to triumph in all areas that we are called to.
So for anyone who is reading this who can relate, please be encouraged that you have got this! Just keep exercising that options delete button on a few things and begin to maximise every resource that God has given to you.
Until next time xxx