Drowning in stuff
Some days my house could be featured on one of those shows where they share the before and after home organization transformation. Mostly, I would be a great candidate for before pics.
I’ve practiced that Marie Kondo method, joined some groups on social media, and even did one of those “40 bags in 40 days” challenges. So far, I have failed at the ongoing maintenance required to avoid piling stuff up repeatedly.
Who doesn’t love a good clear the clutter and organize your space video? Some gals on Instagram also show you products that magically create order out of chaos. These reels may be short, but they make me so peaceful.
What is it about watching those transformations that feels so satisfying?
The Lord values order, and our souls and hearts are designed to thrive best in uncluttered environments. While exterior order calms us internally, interior order is needed for each of us to be fully present with God.
When anger and unforgiveness fill my heart and soul, I carry that toxicity with me. It is a burden I wasn’t designed to carry.
1 O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? (Psalm 15:1 ESV)
God clarifies what He requires of those who wish to spend time in His presence. Dwelling and sojourning with Him provide needed soul restoration. But God wants us to come into His presence with our hearts and souls prepared.
2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; (Psalm 15:2 ESV)
Integrity is key. An alignment of internal and external truth, revealed in our speech and actions, keeps me prepared to spend time with God.
What does your life reflect?
Do your words and values align?
Some regular time spent in heart and soul examination powered by the Holy Spirit can be very beneficial. I struggle to take the time required to do this adequately.
3 who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; (Psalm 15:3 ESV)
External integrity will be revealed in how we treat neighbors and friends. Daily life requires constant vigilance to avoid taking up offense or reproach. We live in a society that celebrates offense.
Were you mistreated? Take up your case on social media and share any real or perceived immoral behavior with others. Feel free to share specifics, including names and locations. Be generous with your offense.
But to what end?
While initially, sharing offense feels so satisfying, the result damages everyone exposed.
Words and Deeds
4 in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; Who swears to his own hurt and does not change; (Psalm 15:4 ESV)
God calls believers to steer clear of those who do wrong and be kind and generous with believers who honor God with their words and actions. When promises and pledges are made, then they must be kept, even if it is painful or difficult.
5 who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:5 ESV)
Another indication of a cluttered heart and soul is how I treat my money. A glance at 90 days of banking statements reveals what I see as important. Am I generous? Do I give sacrificially? What do I invest in? What do I save for? Would I loan money to someone and then charge interest? Would I allow someone’s generosity with me to create an undue influence on my decision-making?
God intends believers to remain steadfast and not buffeted by the latest trend. An uncluttered heart can remain sensitive to the Lord’s leading and necessary course corrections.
Lord, clear any clutter in my heart and mind between me and Your guidance. Draw me close every day. Show me how to reflect the truth of your word with every aspect of my life so that I might honor and glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.