I’ve made more than my share of bad decisions throughout my life… some I was able to correct… some I had to live with… and some I chose to carry and re-live over and over and over and over until they began to change me because that’s what clutter does… it consumes the space its in and takes control regardless of whether it’s in your home, heart, mind, body, or soul.
I can’t tell you how many times that the physical clutter in my home would finally reach a point where I knew I needed to deal with it… and so, I would get rid of some stuff I didn’t want… rearrange the drawers and closets to squeeze the excess in more neatly… take a vacation to cram in some family time… spend a day alone to rejuvenate quickly… and buy a book on de-cluttering to feel better.
I’d convince myself that “something is better than nothing” and then I would move forward each day… limping… damaged… dying… barely functioning at 62%… 35%… 14%… because “something was better than nothing”…
I didn’t know it then, but that ingrained thought of “something is better than nothing” was actually keeping me from removing the clutter in my life. It allowed me to limp through life and constantly get distracted until I finally realized, I could never be free until I chose NOTHING MORE over something less.
- NOTHING MORE over something less damaging…
- less constraining…
- less painful…
- less messy…
- less busy…
- less broken…
- and less cluttered.
BREAKING THE RULE
Sometimes, “NO thing is better than SOME thing” because when you make the choice to hold onto the clutter in your life, you’re deciding (by default) to be held captive. It doesn’t matter what kind of clutter you’re holding onto; physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual… you will never be completely free when clutter is involved. It make take awhile before you realize it (we’re great at covering up our junk), but one day you’re gonna start to feel squeezed and confined as the clutter takes over every space in your life.
Clutter is found in the excess stuff that doesn’t belong… it’s more than you need… more than you were ever made to carry… more of nothing you were ever supposed to become. When the clutter in your life is ignored, it will eventually overtake who you are, what your purpose is, and your ability to live that purpose out.
“Our excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.” ~Joshua Becker,
The reason the clutter in our lives makes us so miserable is because happiness can’t be found in our stuff. We’re like little children thinking we want a new toy… and after one hour (if that long) we realize, that the toy wasn’t all that we’d hoped it would be.
When your life revolves around the belief that “something is better than nothing” you’ll settle for a “hit and miss” kind of life. You’ll keep thinking “another toy is better than no toy”, and you’ll miss out on the freedom you could have by being truly satisfied by NOTHING MORE than the ONE who satisfies.
…if you cry out for insight, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver and search for her as you would hidden treasures; then you will understand the reverent fear of the Lord (that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome) and discover the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5
Look to God FIRST for the answers… the strength… and the wisdom you need to get rid of your clutter. You will never be free if you keep thinking “something is better than nothing.” That thought will only keep you captive to your emotions and desires. If you want to be free, you must replace that old way of thinking with a new one… sometimes nothing is better than something.
Quit putting a band-aid on a wound that will never fix the brokenness inside your heart, mind, and soul. Stop allowing even “just a little clutter” to remain in the spaces of your life. It’s time to remove it all… no more hiding. Expose the clutter for what it is… nothing more than pain, agony, depression, sadness, guilt, oppression, remorse, anger, greed, jealousy, and fear… because when it comes to clutter, nothing is better than something.
What areas of your life have you thought “something is better than nothing”? What clutter do you need to continue to remove for good in order to be healthy physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? Take some time to write down what you’ve been holding onto that keeps growing and destroying your chance to be clutter-free.
I’m sorry for all the ways and all the areas in my life where I thought more would make me happy. I know I’ve looked to things to make things better, instead of seeking You and I ask Your forgiveness. Help me to get back on track. Help me to get my priorities straight, starting with You first. I’m so tired of drowning and feeling overwhelmed.
I know organizing my clutter isn’t the answer. Making things look nice won’t last. I need to get to the root of why I keep replacing my trust in Your provision with the things of this world. Reveal to me all the ways I have put things before You, so I can experience the life You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
YOUR NEXT STEP… When “Pretty” Doesn’t Last