Time to take inventory

Jimmy Cochran


A few weeks ago, I decided some desperate measures were needed to try and simplify my life and regain control of my time and emotional well-being. So (gasp), I deactivated my Facebook account. The newsfeed was becoming more and more consumed by politics, terrorism, hate toward others, and that was literally wearing me down. Plus, being the blunt (a/k/a no filters) Facebook responder I tend to be, I knew I would have enough and finally post something that would be unintentionally hurtful. So, I took the plunge and shut it down for a season. Those people who needed to reach me, knew how to reach me by other means, so I didn’t feel I was cutting off relationships … plus, I knew this was only a temporary thing. And, you know, it worked.

After the initial withdrawal period, I surprisingly found myself not missing it. I found myself not particularly caring what was going on in the world of social media. My life felt calmer and it was easier to face these busy days of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. I have checked on rarely to see if anything of importance was going on that I needed to know, but that has been rare and quick.

Sometimes, our life gets out of our control and we want a “take me away, Calgon” moment. To be taken away to a place of refuge and security. A place where we can take a deep breath and become ourselves again. And, for some reason, the holiday season can be the most frantic and emotional. This year, I needed to do this.

Does your life ever seem as if it is spinning out of control? Do you ever feel like you are walking through your home or office trying to find where you have gone and meeting yourself coming back? Does your mind start spinning when you get into bed and your “to-do” list grows two or three pages without even blinking your eyes. Are you driving so many of your inner-children around to parties, games and to get tacos that you leave one in the carpool lane at school?

My advice would be to take an inventory of what is consuming your life that is really not so important. In my life, it was social media … Facebook, Twitter, Instagram … I did it all. Once you find what you can let go for a while, then turn to God. Look for the Peace that you can only find in His presence. Find a good devotional book to start and/or end your day. Just take a few minutes during your day to take some deep breaths and focus on what you can do to help others who have a need. Listen to more music and less television. Go to some community Christmas events. Keep your mind free of negative things and focus on the positive things in your life; particularly family, friends, pets, things that you enjoy. Most importantly, remember that God loves you and wants the best that life can offer you.

Advent begins this coming Sunday (November 29) and we begin the season of looking forward to the birth of Jesus. It’s the perfect time to take stock of ourselves and clean out the clutter so we can focus on God’s perfect gift of Love. May the Peace of Christ be with all of you.

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is now also available at Moyes Pharmacy in McDonough.