When I walk into my office and I haven’t had time to clean off my desk the day before, I immediately become overwhelmed. I attempt to re-do my To-Do list at the end of each day for the next day just to clean things up, knowing it will make the next day start off on a more positive note. When I don’t do this, because of lack of time, or unexpected interruptions, then the next day begins cluttered as well.
The First Reason We Don’t Want to Clean Up Clutter:
Clutter is defined as: “a confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble”, “a disordered heap or mass of objects.”
What does the clutter look like in your life?
We all have it. I remember after going through my divorce and living in a state of disarray due to my first husband being an addict, my life had become cluttered. Cluttered with a messy house, messy bills, a messy yard and it all led to a messy life. I had a good friend of mine come in and she helped me get rid of some of the clutter in my den and helped me turn it into a beautiful room again. This is what God can do with the messiness in our lives. He can come in and get rid of all the stuff that is keeping us bogged down and stealing our joy. He is the Master at de-cluttering!
When cleaning out my den we threw away all the stuff that I no longer needed. It was necessary that I open my eyes, realize it was bogging me down and that I can’t keep everything. I didn’t have room for it in my den. Some things we threw away, some things we gave away to charity and some things I just straightened up or put away in its right place.
It’s the same with our life in general. Some things we need to throw away. We need to get rid of all the sin that is hindering us from being the person God has called us to be. He has a plan for our life but sometimes we allow sin to get in the way of His plan. Then we wonder why God didn’t bless us. What are you hanging onto that you need to get rid of so it no longer bogs you down?
It might just be you need to de-clutter.
The Second Reason We Don’t Want to Clean Up the Clutter:
It takes time and effort.
We have to take and make time to sort through the things you no longer need in your life. I know it takes effort, but it will all be worth it once you are living a life free of the clutter that brings guilt and stress to your life.
We need to go through the clutter in our life and see what can be given away. There are things we no longer need, but they are too good to be thrown away. We just don’t have room for them anymore. Share with others. Don’t be a hoarder and hold onto things you don’t use. Clean up the clutter.
After getting rid of all the things no longer needed in my den, I just took the time to straighten up the rest and put it in it’s proper place. I bought a new mirror and a few new lamps and the place that was previously cluttered with years of yuck, now was beautiful once again.
Sometimes, we just need to get our priorities back in order. If we have not been spending time with the Lord we need to straighten up and put Him back in His proper place, which is first!! He will take the clutter that is deep down inside our heart and make it beautiful once again!
The God of Peace.
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…
(1 Corinthians 14:33)
God does not add disorder or chaos to people’s lives. He brings peace. Therefore, if your life is full of clutter and disorder it’s time to reevaluate and see what changes need to be made. Change is never easy and most people don’t like it at all. People are afraid of change and the unknown of the future. When we don’t know what the future will look like, we tend to stick with things we are familiar with. So, we sometimes avoid doing what really needs to be done. Change can require we step back and take a look at what we can do to make our situation different. It requires doing what is hard at times. But the outcome is phenomenal and can give you a brand new start.
Even de-cluttering a room or a closet is not always easy, and it’s definitely time-consuming. Usually we continually keep putting it off, until it gets so cluttered we become overwhelmed with the task ahead. The same thing can happened with our lives. Changing a bad habit or a sin is not easy. You may know you need to do it, but it’s just too difficult and devastating, so you just keep delaying the inevitable and life becomes overwhelming.
Change is not easy.
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
(1 Corinthians 14:40 NIV)
God is the only one who can help you make the changes in your life that can stop the snowball effect from happening in your life. He knows we can become overwhelmed with life. He knows we don’t even know where to start sometimes. It’s the same with cleaning out a closet…we think – where do I even begin? One thing, one step, ONE DAY at a time!! If we will get out the garbage bag and make a stack for the things we want to give away when cleaning out a closet then that is a beginning. Then we just have to start! Likewise, with a life change, if we will get out our Bible, and the journal and make a list of what we need to change in our life, that is a beginning. We add prayer to the equation and we trust in God to do the rest. Let Him lead you. Let Him change you. He just wants a willing heart. He will de-clutter all the junk in our lives that we need to get rid of.
God is not a God of disorder. He is a God of peace. He says that we should strive to be like Christ, therefore we need to be sure that everything is done in a fitting and orderly manner. We have to keep taking one step at a time and one day at a time. We have to do a little work that may not always be easy, but leaving the progress to Him. One day you will look back and see where God changed you. The old is gone and the new is alive and well!
- Write down a room or closet in your house that needs to be de-cluttered. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Set aside a day or a couple of hours to do it. Go ahead…look at your calendar and put it on your To-Do List to get accomplished. Write your scheduled time down here. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
I am lifting you up right now as I write this and pray that God will help you clean up the clutter in your life, whether it be a closet, a whole room or a whole house. I am praying more importantly that if there is sin in your life that the God of Peace bring change and peace to your heart and give you the desire to change the things that need to be changed so He will transform you into the Child of God He desires you to be.
Thanks for joining us today. We would love to hear any de-cluttering tips you have in the comments today.
In our upcoming “Overwhelmed” conference I will be speaking on ways to overcome the overwhelming clutter that bogs us down in one of the breakout sessions.
We would love to have you attend our first annual Women’s Conference on June 24-25, 2016 with special recording artist Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave.
Be sure to get your ticket and come to be encouraged on this journey called life!
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