Throwing off the chains of clutter

As I turned the lights out and headed upstairs I had to pause and take a moment to look at gaze proudly upon the job that had been completed in the room. It took many hours, but the floor was clear, the boxes were gone and the trash was out. The old clothes were bagged up and the sheets were changed! Progress.

Still, the dressers and bookshelves were pretty cluttered, along with the desk and closet. But, progress nonetheless. As I headed upstairs I had to stop and wonder why it always takes me so long to get to the cleaning?? I love it when it’s not cluttered. I love it when it’s (as my children say) “clean and sparkly”. But then, who wouldn’t? It’s near impossible to achieve any peace when the room in threatening to tumble onto you. And yet, until I am properly motivated, it seems that compelling myself to jump into the jungle that has taken over my room is a near impossible task. The truth of the matter is that the clutter overwhelms me and I shut down. And hide. Whether it is in work, ministry, or some other new project, I’d rather do anything other than deal with the clutter.

Then I am reminded “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”. (2 Timothy 1:7) I love the way the Amplified Version reads as well.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (Amplified Version)

When I think of how I react to the clutter, I realize that my perspective needs to shift. God has filled me with His Spirit. In the midst of the clutter, it is not me that should be overwhelmed. I should overwhelm (and conquer) it. Truly, it is even not about the clutter. It is about shutting me down. The clutter is the tool that is used to steal my peace and prevent my progress. The clutter is used to separate me from the blessings of God.

But I do not have to be victim to my clutter. I am a child of the Most High God, and within me is power, love, a calm and well-balanced mind, self discipline and self-control! It’s already in me. I don’t have to hope for it.

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. (Hebrews 12:1-2 Amplified)

I just have to walk in it.

Furthermore, I have noticed that the more my mind is cluttered, the more my space reflects the mess with – well – mess. And it is during these times that I realize that I need more time in the presence of my Savior. More time with my mind focused on things above, and less with it jumping from all the issues and responsibilities that are causing me to feel – and live – cluttered. And then, if I have been having difficulty walking in His Spirit, I am strengthened, emboldened, calmed and enabled.

What kind of clutter is being used to separate you from the blessings of God, today?

Maybe your clutter isn’t physical clutter, maybe it’s unforgiveness, bitterness, hurt, fear, pride, anger, people or your own personal ambitions. Maybe your too busy, or maybe like me – it is physical clutter. Whatever it is, let’s agree throw of the chains of clutter, focus our minds on things above, and walk together in the Spirit that God has placed within us.