I love clutter
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"...there are still very large areas of land to be taken over...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us...Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest..."
Joshua 13:1 Hebrews 12:1, 4:11

De-cluttering. It’s what one does at the start of a new year. Stuff gets sorted and we resolve to do this and that and the other. If we’re lucky we make it through a good few months before we find other stuff sticking to us, weighing us down and holding us back. It might be sin that does it. That annoying tendency or habit that keeps sending us back to square one. Those things are usually easy to identify because our guilt sensors pick them up, but what about those “things that hinder”, things that are OK in themselves ie. not morally questionable, but threaten to take the place of Jesus in our lives?

For me, this is the real challenge, in a world where distractions come thick and fast and I can barely sit down for five minutes without 101 things running around my head begging for attention, things usually far more interesting than quiet prayer. Pray with me that we may be able to “throw off”, “take over” and “make every effort” to de-clutter this year and let Him through.

Father God, I recognise that there are many things in my life that draw my
attention and devotion away from You. Shine Your light and Your wisdom into
every area and grant me the courage and willingness to let them go. Amen.


Pietro said…
I like to have some islands of spiritual tranquillity when I go into a church just for a visit and a prayer.
GrandmaK said…
De-clutter...It never hurts to rid things in our lives that least important, even if we think we still might need them sometime. I have to remind myself that "sometime" may never come so go to the top of the list again! (That's me communicating with me) Great post and thanx for dropping by. Cathy
Rose said…
"Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal." - Agnes Royden

Amen - we need to make conscious choices as to what we will hold and what we will release, spiritually as well as physically. Emotional clutter and spiritual clutter are still clutter. Once we release, we make room for better things - the "God things" - to manifest. There's no room for those better things if we insist on holding on to things that have outlived their usefulness to us.
Mary said…
Perfect message for any time! Decluttering our minds so we take time to spend with God is something we all need. My daily reflections have been along the same line so far this year.
wayfarerjon said…
I am with you in this - will compare notes in six months time.
Steve said…
Another excellent and helpful thought.
Anonymous said…
Most inspirational to take with us on our journey this year. i say, Amen to that.