A FRIDAY MEDITATION (a bit late) – What clutter?

Simply Jesus Son of Man.  Simply Jesus spotless lamb.

Simply Jesus dying to save. Simply Jesus empty grave.

Simply Jesus coming to reign. Simply Jesus we’ll proclaim.

Simply Jesus Living Word. Simply Jesus says it all.

Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ is Lord. ~ Paul Kyle

Yesterday, writing day, I tried all afternoon to come up with something to write about.   It is amazing that a person can sit in front of a computer screen for half a day and come up with nothing.  Well, not exactly “nothing” but nothing that hangs together.  Just one disjointed sentence after another.  Clutter. (I’ve been thinking too much lately.  Classes, trainings, writing, etc. Thinking hard is not my first love—not my personality type.  Intuition is very strong on my NT part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). After being involved with many thinking activities, I’m a bit drained and cluttered in my head.

Spring is when we usually try to clean up and declutter things.  It’s a good time to go through our stuff (Is it called stuff for a reason?) to see what can be donated to the youth group garage sale or the clothing bank. Getting rid of clutter makes more space in our homes and affects our spirit space, also.  My 93 year old mother is trying to go through years of accumulated things because she needs to be in a smaller place but she wants to sort stuff first. There may be hidden treasures and she did find a picture of my father from when he was around 20 years old.  I had never seen it so I was delighted.  (Aside.  Did you know that there is a new app called “egg-minder” for your smart phone?  We need to buy this little tray to hold our eggs in the frig and it will keep track of how many eggs are left so when we’re at the grocery store, we can check our phone to see if we need to buy eggs.  Just saying’.) Clutter.

Decluttering home, head and heart can be a great spiritual exercise. It calls us to simplicity of life.  Our surroundings affect our openness to God. “Too much” is actually claustrophobic and tiring.  Clutter around us can hinder us in running the race to which we are called (to be apprentices of Jesus). Why do we always need more—more stuff, more energy, more time, more money, or more accomplishments? Why? What are we really wanting?  What makes us accumulate stuff in our heads, homes, and hearts instead of leaving open space so that we can notice God?  Good questions.

In Matthew 6:19-34, Jesus tells us that we are not to store up treasures on earth, but in heaven—that we cannot be devoted to both– “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Verse 33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” 

What is it that gets in the way of single-mindedly following Jesus?  What controls us? Where is our clutter? My clutter? How can I know when I’ve run up against such attachments in my life?  One way—when I consider a possession, I can ask myself what would happen if I no longer had it.  If I don’t think I can go on without this I may have attached myself to something that is not God.  It is then that my focus gets out of whack. So what can I do with this?  Being aware I have a problem is the beginning.  Life is complicated, Jesus is the answer, and so what will I do in addition to cleaning closets and donating unneeded stuff.  Stay tuned.

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