During this quarantine period, many people have cleaned out their closets, attics, garages, cabinets, and drawers, me included. Each time I’ve done this level of cleaning, I always promise myself to never hold onto anything that’s outdated or useless. Needless to say, once again I fell short on this promise to myself.
Prior to cleaning my hallway closet, I literally had to remove stuff to reach anything in the back. The closet was cluttered with things I kept far too long. I realized my life, just like the closet, was cluttered with useless things that hindered my spiritual growth.
Our proverbial plates can be filled to such a capacity that if we’re not careful, God gets crowded out. In Mark 6:31, Jesus tells His disciples, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while.” Jesus is teaching the importance of making time to step away from the busyness of life and spend time with God. To ensure our spiritual battery remains charged for our Christian walk requires we declutter our lives of things such as fear, doubt, pettiness, unproductive busyness, and anything else that drains our relationship with God. We should never be so busy that we neglect God in the process.
There’s no better time than now to start decluttering your life. To declutter means “to remove unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.” Decluttering your life enables you to draw closer to God. As you draw closer to God, the more your life become decluttered, and the more you achieve your full potential in Christ. The decluttering process starts with a prayerful and honest self-examination of yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal those things that clutter your life. Pray for the wisdom and strength to let go.
Decluttering demands you don’t fall into the trap of talking yourself into keeping what needs to go. Now is the time to let go of your old mindset. Let go of toxic relationships. Let go of people-pleasing. Let go of debilitating habits. Let go of ____________. You fill in the blank and let the decluttering begin!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations