Clearing the Clutter

#God, #inspiration, focus, clarityI 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

4 thoughts on “Clearing the Clutter”

  1. “When my mind is cluttered with unimportant things, there is less room to focus on God.” I’ve never thought of it this way, Tandy, but you’re right. What comes to my mind is the to-do lists I’m tempted to create as seems-like-a-good-ideas come to mind. I don’t clutter with stuff a lot, but I sure do clutter my mind!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Bobbi. The physical clutter reminded me of the mental clutter I also accumulate. Think I’ll stand in the wind and let some of it blow away!

  2. I like this post a lot. I have done a lot of clearing out clutter once Joy went to Heaven. Some of it was hers, some of it was mine. I began to see that a lot of things that I was keeping were not really needed and hadn’t been used for years, like extra blankets, pillows, towels and pillow slips. I now have enough for us and one couple who comes for a visit and that is about it. There are other areas waiting for my attention but I’m trying to concentrate on getting my book done. I am forever being interrupted with this. I have fought Vertigo all last week so that has kept me in a dizzy unfocused state. So life is a constant challenge of putting Jesus first and letting Him direct our steps and our days. Lovely reminder Tandy.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Shirley. You have had so many things competing for your attention, it’s only thanks to the grace of God you can focus at all. Your book will be a blessing to many, keep going with it.

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