Sifting and Sorting

Pallets make a great source of free wood for our fire and the ash is a good fertilizer. But, to use the ash you must first separate it from the metal nails and staples. This past weekend I bought a magnet from a hardware store so that when the ash cools it can be used to pick up what is detrimental to growing things.

Yesterday, I tried it out and it worked well. A quick swipe and a lot of metal was stuck to the magnet. As I removed the nails, screws and staples I thought about how nice it would be to have a magnet for our spirits, emotions and thoughts which we could swipe over ourselves removing any attitudes, dispositions, hostility, confusion, doubts, fears anything that keeps us from growing, maturing, walking the path of wisdom and peace.

However, the more I considered this the more I saw that oftentimes it is the battles, the hardships, the weaknesses we overcome that can be our greatest source of growth. It is in the sifting, the sorting, the separation of the positive and negative influences upon our lives where we find our strength and purpose.

@BrianLoging (Twitter)


About is a place for sojourners walking this spiritual path called life. - Essentialist, contemplative, author, advocate, old soul

Posted on December 23, 2015, in Mindfulness and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. We have such a magnet. It is called the Word of God, the Bible. I find that my attitude is not what it should be if I miss reading the Bible for a few days. When I am in God’s Word, He feeds my spirit and I walk with Him in humble faith and joy. He is so good to us. Praise God for His faithfulness to us. Amen!

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