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Friday, March 14, 2014

Think About It

Clutter

How much stuff, (clutter), have you got in your life right now? You know the kind that I’m talking about. The clutter of unfinished projects, past relationships, regrets, remorse, and just plain stuff fills the life of many to the point that it cripples them. Clutter can be described as litter, disorder, confusion and chaos. Individuals can bring clutter into their lives in many ways.

Clutter is that stuff that trips us up. It gets in our way of moving from one place to another. It also takes up a lot of our time just trying to sort through it and manage it. If you think of clutter as those knickknacks on the mantle, you’ll also realize that clutter takes a long time to clean. It keeps us from accomplishing our goals. And it hinders our ability to move forward in life. According to an old Chinese proverb, "A cluttered space equals a cluttered mind,"

The writer of Hebrews gives us some great advice; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1). We might not look at clutter as being a big deal but it is. It does slow us down and it can get in the way of life. Some are driven to have stuff and that’s what clutter is.

One of the ways that I have found useful for me to reduce the amount of clutter in my life is to ask myself the question, “What would my daughter do with this if I died?” Knowing that she would probably chuck something helps me to do it before she does. In reality, clutter takes up space in our physical world, but it also takes up space in our spiritual and emotional worlds as well. That is why it is so important to clean up our surroundings. In doing so physically, we actually can have greater peace of mind. Without all of the distractions we have a better chance of accomplishing our goals for the day. Think about it.

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yes this is exactly where I am in life right now. Thank you for the encouragement and timely piece. It's not easy to throw away all my treasures and unfinished projects but that is my goal this year.

Tom Maynard said...

Amen. Thank You Jesus.

Anonymous said...

If you have not used it in two years, sell it or throw it away. It is usless to you and your surroundings.

McElwain Hall said...

What a pleasure reading this. Thank you for your insight.

Anonymous said...

That is a great Think About It. Especially when tons of Northern Pennsylvanians are getting ready for some spring cleaning! Many of whom are hoarders whom won't throw away much! Praise Jesus!