I had done a good job of ignoring it – or so I thought. The need to do some decluttering could be pushed to the back recesses of my mind. The problem was it kept resurfacing.
The longer I waited, the more monumental the task became. As much as I hated to admit it, something had to be done.
With my husband’s help, I started with a few boxes in the basement. Much to my amazement most of the contents were no longer needed. We started piles for recycling, donating and keeping.
It felt good to start eliminating and I moved on to more challenging areas. At the end of the day we loaded the donations in the car and took them away. This process was repeated over the next several days.
For the first time in months, the area around my desk was clutter free. Unnecessary papers went to the recycle bin and others were filed away where I could easily access them.
I expected the area to look better, and it did. What surprised me was my mental state. Peace and happiness flooded over me as I entered my work space.
I hadn’t realized the clutter was holding me back. Once it was cleared I became more focused and productive.
The same thing happens in my spiritual life. When my mind is cluttered with unimportant things, there is less room to focus on God. I don’t intend to crowd him out, but that is exactly what I am doing. The only treasures worth pursuing are found in the word of God and my relationship with Jesus. These are the ones guaranteed to last for eternity.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21