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Thou Shalt Not Clutter

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A Cluttered Mind

If my 2014 spring had a theme, it was ‘Thou shalt not live with clutter.’

I write for a small number of blogs and magazines, both Christian and non-Christian. This past spring it was all about clutter- physical and mind clutter. It was therefore not surprising when the Lord told me to address the issue of clutter in my life, maybe He was thinking somewhere along the lines of do as I do, not as I say!

I would like to share some of the lessons on clutter I learned, I have found that mental clutter is very similar to the physical variety and, therefore, has similar effects. Isn’t it interesting how no matter how much you hate cleaning, a clean and tidy space fills you with a certain amount of peace? You feel a cross between rested and exhausted once you’re done.

Clutter stops you hearing God because too many voices are competing to be heard. Have you ever watched one of those T.V programmes where the experts come in to declutter  deliver? Even the adverts tire me out! Imagine how hard it must be to find a missing piece of jewellery in that dump? God’s voice is still and small, not brash and loud. There are many loud and ugly items competing for that precious ring to be found and  there’s almost no hope. In the same way, with too much going on in your head, you will struggle to hear the voice of God.

Clutter stops you obeying God as too many words and pieces of advice confuse and lead you to forget what He told you. It goes without saying that if you can’t hear God, you can’t obey him. This type of clutter can be found in seeking advice on a single topic from multiple sources. Reading too many newsletters on 10 ways to lose weight et al. Stuffing your mind with non-essentials, Do you Keep up with The Kardashians?

Clutter stops you from growing vertically as the excess weighs you down.

The more you pile on, the heavier the weight is- I’m sure Newton has a law tucked somewhere that confirms this if you don’t believe me. My son went camping this morning. Over the weekend, he started out packing a light suitcase. By the time he was done adding his favourite pairs of shoes to it, it had become heavy. It slowed down his stride as we hurried to school. Too much information in your head will slow you down. Too much stuff on your mind will weigh you down- which is why we find it difficult to surge ahead when we’re discouraged. The enemy adds more to what’s going on in your mind. ‘What ifs‘ start to invade and before long you are weighed down with a myriad of possible scenarios that may never even play out.

Space in your mind allows you to ruminate and chew properly on ideas so that they are digested and can come to fruition.

Imagine an overstuffed food blender? It will be near impossible to get all the food blended to a smooth pulp. One sign of an overstuffed mind is feeling oversaturated with great ideas for moving forward, but being unable to execute any of them. Space in your mind allows you to ruminate, chew on and digest information so that it becomes achieve able.

Signs of clutter

  • Restlessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Indecisiveness
  • Feelings of inertia
  • Sluggishness
  • Feeling distant from God
Cutting down clutter:
  • Reduce the amount of stuff- voices, information, noise, items, activity in your life. Claim back your time and don’t feel you have to plug every second with activity. Unsubscribe from newsletters that are useless to you.
  • Make time for stillness- unplug yourself.
  • Carve out time to practice what you’ve learned.
  • Create time for the important people in your life.
  • Get out of your own way. You might be taking up space. Stop being so self-absorbed, sensitive, and self-centred. Remember you were put on earth to reflect God’s glory, and to point people towards Christ. It’s not all about you.
  • You don’t have to attend every Church function.
  • You don’t have to read every Christian book. While it’s good to read, allow the Holy Spirit to be your main teacher.
  • Don’t rely entirely on the divine revelation God gives others, cultivate your own relationship with God so He can reveal secret things to you too. We all have different paths to walk on.
  • Stop procrastinating. Procrastination is simply taking what’s at the forefront of your mind and tossing it onto the growing pile at the back of your mind.

 

I hope this blessed you!

Have you dealt with clutter in your life?