i recently moved my bathroom garbage can. it has been a disaster.
as God takes us thru new things and miraculously removes major garbage from our lives...we have to be cautious not to end up with junk in that spot. and if we do accidentally fall into old habits we need to fix it quickly.
to clarify...if God has convicted me of a prideful, judgemental nature (guilty as charged)...i will repent and turn away from that pride (move the garbage can). however...i may...without thinking...drop a thought into the space where my judgemental pride used to be. if i leave it there...then i might as well just put the garbage can back. so i need to take quick responsibility. 'whoops...that doesn't belong there anymore...' and fix it.
the same goes for our relationships and our emotions.