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The De-Cluttered Life

A few weeks ago, I searched through my closet to find my favorite shirt and wondered, “When did I get all this stuff?” Regardless of where I’ve lived, closets are never big enough, drawers are tightly packed, and shelves are cluttered.

In my 20s and 30s, like most young adults, I sought after stuff. I bought the latest styles of clothing, created photo collages for the walls, and inherited pieces of furniture, candles, and knick-knacks from family members.I filled my shelves with books, music, movies, and collected trinkets from various countries, each holding the memories of places I’ve seen and people I’ve met on the journey.

What changed?

As I’ve grown older, I’ve entered a war against piles. Any creative task, including writing,  takes a back seat to the urgency of daily life. I’m easily distracted by dirty laundry, unpaid bills, and dished piled high in the sink. And that doesn’t begin to include the cat hair which rolls across my carpet like tumbleweed. Clutter consumes my time, steals my joy, and takes time from  away from things that truly make an impact.

But the clutter in my home is nothing compared to the clutter in my thoughts.  That clutter distracts me from what matters most: precious moments I could be spending with God. God doesn’t interrupt our busy lives. He waits until we are quiet, undistracted, to speak to us in a still, small voice. If my life is filled with noise, I cannot hear His quiet voice.

Simplifying my lifestyle is a start, but it’s the internal clearing of my thoughts and emotions that will rejuvenate my daily life and ultimately strengthen my impact on the world around me.

 

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