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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Make Space for the New: One Key to Decluttering Your Life

Let's face it. Most of us have too much - too much stuff, too many projects, too much activity. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit it. We pack too much into every minute, every day, every year. As a  result, we never really truly enjoy  the present moment and what we do have. I was on a trip recently and a woman was complaining about how she barely remembers all the trips she's taken. That they've all kind of melted into one. Wow!

It's not our fault. We live in a non-stop world. The pace is frenetic and the outside world constantly barrages us with news, noise, and negativity. It's all too easy to get sucked up in the whirlpool of it all; a downward spiral of never ending things to do, places to go, and stuff to take care of resulting in constant activity and very little downtime.

But wait. There is an answer. One key we can apply to every area of our lives. One principle that we all know but often fail to implement and the principle is this:

Keep it simple.

Start with your wardrobe perhaps. Downsize. What haven't you worn in the past year? What don't you feel good in? What makes you look fat, old, or dated? Chuck it - give it to a friend, Goodwill, or a shelter.

Next move on to your house. Same idea. Start with one room at a time. Do you really need all those items to clean, dust, and insure? When was the last time you used whatever? If you don't love the stuff you have, pitch it. Ok, I get it. Some things have sentimental value. Keep one or two and donate the rest. Live in today instead of the past. Today is a gift, that is why they call it the present.

Personally, I can't stand clutter. It smothers me. I need space and light. It seems like stuff multiplies like rabbits: gifts from friends we don't need, use, or want, old items we are saving for some sentimental reason, books, records, and photo albums we rarely even look at or listen to. Live in the present and have done with old stuff from the past. Chances are pretty good your kids aren't going to want anything old you may be saving anyway.

Jesus himself modeled this principle.
How much stuff did he have? Did he have to schedule everything in a calendar? He made time for people, healing, and speaking words of faith and encouragement. When we are ruled for the stuff of this world, what time do we have for the things that really matter? Perhaps we can learn from him.

When we declutter our lives and get rid of stuff that no longer bears fruit or serves us, we make room for God to bring in something new. Like preparing for the birth of a new baby, we must make space for the new.

What is cluttering up your life? What are you holding on to that no longer serves its purpose? It may be material possessions but it could also be old patterns of thinking that clutter our mind and prevent us from seeing life in new ways. Simplify your life and see what new thing shows up. I can't wait to hear from you!

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