Have you ever moved? If you’re like me you would rather get poked in the eye with a tire iron, than to pack everything up and move it. The one thing I’ve noticed about moving is, each time we’ve done it we have more stuff than the last time.
Some of this “stuff” is no doubt excellent and has great purpose, but when you look around, you realize, a lot of it is useless junk. Toys your kids haven’t played with in years. Things that you bought, and said, “I have to have this!” then hardly used it.
The question is how does all this accumulation affect us? One effect is, it clutters our homes. Have you ever felt like you’re cleaning and picking up constantly? It feels like the job’s never done.
Another effect is a lack of space. Have you ever wanted to put your car in the garage, but there was no room? The garage is made to keep your car out of the weather, and give you easy access to your home, but if you have needless accumulation the car stays outside and you walk in the winter weather to get to the front door and your stuff is packed neatly and “warmly” I might add, in the garage.
Our lives at times look like this type of house. They are filled will accumulated trinkets of one kind or another. The thing about clutter is, it doesn’t matter if it’s negative or positive, if there’s not room for it in the house it throws everything out of order. Hebrews 12:1 says “therefore we also, since we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin….” You know, it’s not always sinful and bad things that complicate our lives, sometimes it can be things that are moral and positive but because there is no room for them in our lives they become a weight.
Life’s accumulations are just like the clutter in our house, they create an environment where we are constantly picking up after ourselves but don’t seem to be making any progress. Just like the garage not being used appropriately, our lives many times get out of order because of all the extra accumulation. When we should be spending time in prayer, or with our families, or working on our marriage, those things which are true priority, we are running around, trying to be seen with the right people, to have the right stuff, and be involved in the right extra curricula’s, yeah, “walking in the cold to the front door, instead of parking in the safety of the garage with easy access to the house.”
Another thing accumulation causes is indecisiveness. We are worried about finances, and relationships, about acceptance and lack of time. Our mind is so full, going in so many directions that we can’t decide what needs to be done. We become double minded.
I know its winter, but it’s time for a good spring cleaning. Sweep out the clutter; get rid of things that are not truly priority. Matthew 6:31 (msg) says “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. 32People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.”
How do we de-clutter our lives? How do we measure what’s necessary and what’s not? How do we know when something that is not wrong has become unnecessary accumulation?
What do we do when our house gets cluttered? We clean house. We put things in order.
Cleaning house takes the renewal of some things and the removal of others. We have to renew our priorities. Those things that God says are most important, and then remove the things that steal time and devotion from them.
Sometimes we create worry and anxiety in our lives, being frustrated over all the clutter. We say, “I am so tired of this clutter.” “I am so busy; I don’t have time to clean up.” The problem with this mind set is nothing changes, as a matter of fact it gets worse and we become more anxious. Let’s just do what Jesus said, and relax. Quit fretting and worrying, and clean up. Matthew 6:33(NKJ) says “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
By doing this we are renewing our focus, we are removing distractions. We are setting our lives in order to fulfill their true purpose, and to achieve true happiness and fulfillment.
So, gather your family around, get your broom, and start sweeping. And before you know it, you’ll be parking in the garage again. Have a great Christ Centered day.