Clutter?

August 22, 2018

 

             

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Doesn’t it seem that so often in life that we move along comfortably, encumbered and cluttered with everyday, happening stuff; until something important comes up and we lose our way completely?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Clutter; we all live with it to some extant. It takes up valuable space, but saves us valuable time. At least, this is the way that I’ve often looked at it. My old, red toolbox in the garage is an example of this. Although it has trays for screwdrivers and compartments for separating other tools, I’ve seldom used it that way. When I’m finished using a tool, I simply open the lid and drop it in. I’ve tried putting things in order, but it always seems that every time I try I end up putting things in an “orderly” place that I can’t remember instead of a disorderly place where I know everything is; I just have to dig for it. Replaced tools find a place somewhere in the clutter. All I care about is that the lid closes. The rest seems inconsequential. The problem arises, however, when there is a new tool that needs to be stored and one additional tool may not fit in a comfortable, old clutter. It seems where clutter reigns, space is often at a premium since tools piled on tools tend to take up more space than tools neatly stacked. 

 

Doesn’t it seem that so often in life that we move along comfortably, encumbered and cluttered with everyday, happening stuff; until something important comes up and we lose our way completely?

 

Here’s a story from Brenda Wood: Is your life full and busy–perhaps, too busy? Sometimes we fill our lives so full we don’t have time for the important things. At such times I remember a story about a young girl and her bank. The little girl’s father had just given her a silver dollar to put into her bank. She excitedly ran off to her room to “deposit” the coin. However, in a few minutes she returned and handed the silver coin back to her father. “Daddy,” she said sadly, “here’s your dollar back. I can’t get it into my bank.” “Why not?” her concerned father asked. “It’s too full,” she said, obviously disappointed. Her father accompanied her back to her room and, sure enough, her bank was too full to accept even one more coin. It was filled with pennies! (From JOY ALONG THE WAY by Steve Goodier) 

 

Sometimes our lives are like that bank. So full of petty obligations and activities that there simply is no room left for what is truly important. Grenville Kleiser has said, “To live at this time is an unbelievable privilege, and a sacred obligation falls upon you to make the right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.” Have you made room for any large coins in your bank; for those things you believe to be worthwhile? If not, you may have to remove a few pennies, but I suspect you will never know they’re gone in the first place! 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, let my relationships and schedule, attic and garage, demonstrate my delight in you, and desire for you. Lord Jesus, I am so glad that you love me the same, with or without my clutter; but I know I will love you much better with much less clutter in my life. So very Amen I pray, in your triumphant and tender name. Let my uncluttered spirit say, “I consider all things rubbish compared to the surpassing excellency of knowing Jesus”In your we pray. Amen! (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scotty-smith/a-prayer-for-de-cluttering-and-re-centering-our-lives/)

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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