Today the hope I’m sharing is for our clutter. My closets can sometimes look hopeless. Can you relate?
Our closets easily become a collection place if we allow it to. I think that is the first problem. It’s much quicker to place items in our closets rather than dealing with what to do with them. What I have found helpful is to have a box designated in our basement for give-away items or for a yard sale. As I clean house, rather than put that vase I no longer like or use in the closet, I put it in the box.
What about the clothes we do not like any longer or do not fit or no longer need? Month after month and season after season they continue to hang in our closets. I love clothes. Especially when I worked, wearing dresses, suits, skirts and heels. A couple of years after my last job, a friend mentioned to me about a church that takes nice clothing for a ministry helping women get back in the work place. So I cleaned out my work clothes. The best place for these clothes were with someone who can wear them. They were hard to part with but once I did I felt relief, freedom, and just an overall good feeling to be helping others.
What does the Bible say about clutter?
In Matthew 6, what Jesus taught, can apply to our clutter. Verses 19-21 from The Message says, “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or –worse! —stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
What about the clutter in our heart?
Heart clutter is sometimes harder to deal with than closet clutter. We’d rather overlook our sin and not deal with it. Not forgiving someone is heart clutter, as well as jealousy, negativity, lying, hatred, and greed, to name a few.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Matthew 15:8
We can sing worship songs in church yet our heart is elsewhere and not focused on worship or God at all.
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” Matthew 15:18
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. James 3:13-15
I pray my words here help you today. Our clutter can trip us up and mess us up. We can choose to be free by asking and allowing Jesus to work in our heart. You matter to me and more importantly, to God. He loves you and wants the best for you. He desires to have a relationship with us and to help us with the heart issues we all struggle with. Drop me a note and let me know how I can pray for you.
What area of your life do you need some hope? Marriage? Finances? Health? I’d like to write more on these topics. Please leave a comment or send me an email and let me know what topics you’d like to see.
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