“Too much stuff, not enough space!” Have you heard that tag line for a product being sold on television right now? Basically, you buy these big plastic bags (think huge zip lock bags), and stuff all your clutter that you want to store away into them. Then, you attach a vacuum hose and it magically gets reduced by about 100,000%, freeing up space in your home for the important stuff – MORE clutter!
That is honestly my favorite commercial at the moment! First, because I feel like the contents of my household are about to burst out from every corner and threaten to explode our home from the inside out! Second, because I so fervently wish there were “space bags” for my brain!
I read a few lines recently from a book called From Clutter to Clarity by Nancy Twigg. I haven’t finished yet so I am surely not trying to endorse it or recommend it here. But from what I’ve read so far, it is making some definite sense in these disorganized places of my home and my mind!
The book begins by offering a definition of clutter that I had not considered before. In a nutshell, Twigg states that clutter is “…anything that complicates your life and prevents you from living in peace as you live out your purpose.” In other words, clutter (whether physical or mental), keeps us from living out our divine calling from God. Doesn’t that make perfect sense?!
She follows that up with this beaut: “Even noble pursuits become clutter when they endanger our sanity and leave us with no time to connect with God.” Lord have MERCY! Can I get an AMEN, sisters?!
Our calling, our purpose in this life (which is secondary to knowing and having a relationship with God) generally unfolds over time and requires a lot of faith, patience, and listening before acting. When we get in the way of that – like WHEN WE CLUTTER IT UP with things like unproductive thinking, wastes of time, too many possessions, our own agenda etc. – we have willfully walked off the path God lovingly paves for us.
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us to get rid of “everything that hinders” us and the “sin that so easily entangles” us. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the perfector of our faith.” Cluttered minds and cluttered surroundings remove our eyes from Jesus and onto the things and thoughts of THIS world, not HIS world. For our calling to be clear to us, we need to return our gaze and our minds to Him and away from the clutter!
As Lysa TerKeurst beautifully said in her video segment for this last session of our study, when God calls you to Him, He is asking for more. Not necessarily for you to DO more, but to BE more. Be with Him more. Listen to Him more. Walk through your whole day with Him – not just a short period of prayer in the morning. She challenged us in this video to live one day completely in His presence. I say we try it and see what clutter falls away in the process. I triple dog dare ya to join me! (Oh, and if you have an extra moment or two to come clean out a corner or closet in my house, I’d appreciate that, too!!!!)
If you are following along with our study at home, please complete days 1-3 in your Participant Guide for Session Six (can you believe we are on the LAST session?!). Rewrite or memorize our scripture for this week (Philippians 4:8, NLT). Comment on the blog this week for a chance to win a cool, roll-up water bottle with a sweet scripture written on it (congrats to Jill W. for winning the prayer journal last week!). Listen to Starts with Me, by Tim Timmons for a little kick start on thinking about your calling! And, as always, have a blessed weekend!
Up Next Week: What I learned from salty popcorn and a nightlight!
Peace and love,