When there’s something that needs to get done (in MY mind anyway), taking a “time out” isn’t easy for me. In my mind, when there’s something to do… why would you stop?! And so for years, I would go about every day, doing something more to check one more thing off my “to-do-list-or-I-won’t-feel-good-about-myself-list” and it was killing me.
I believed that staying busy was the sign of being productive… and so every day, that was the standard I’d given myself to rise above. Never-ending perfection.
I didn’t realize the more I tried to remove the physical clutter in my life through endless work, the more I was adding to the internal clutter that told me I would “never be good enough unless…”
I performed better and worked harder and did more and never quit.
The sneaky thing about busyness is that it’s not just about your schedule. It’s an attitude, too. It’s a way of being in the world. ~Melissa Camera Wilkins
I complained about never being able to relax as I felt time slipping through my hands as I watched the most precious things to me in the world grow up and change before my eyes. I could blame whatever I wanted… but the truth was, I was allowing it.
God wired us to crave something more in something less busy, less chaotic, less repetitive, less demanding, less difficult, less overwhelming, less painful, and less like the world.
Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. Romans 12:2
God didn’t create us to be robots to look and act like everyone else… on an endless pursuit of an endless pursuit… unfulfilled, empty, and exhausted. Even God rested after His “busy” week of getting things done! And, doing more isn’t gonna remove the clutter from the places it matters most. We NEED to take time out, slow down, and renew our heart, mind, and soul if we wanna declutter our life for good.
Doing less and trading urgent for what’s important just isn’t the way “normal” people live, so it’s not gonna be easy to go against the flow. But, if you want something more in less… you’re gonna have to choose to do something different and be willing to stand for what you believe in; an intentional life.
We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. ~Bill Watterson
Taking timeOUT gives you time to renew what is withIN. Stop reacting to what you think, feel, or have been “guilt-ed” into. Learning to say “no” can be a HUGE step in removing the clutter in your life! It’s time to slo-o-o-o-o-o-w down and make time for what matters most… and make what matters most the main thing.
What keeps you from taking time out? Do something different this year. Set aside one day to relax, renew & refresh yourself. I’m not talkin’ about a day to “catch up” on laundry or work on the area of life where you’ve fallen behind! Renew your heart, mind, and soul by addressing ALL the areas where clutter may be hiding.
- Journal your thoughts from the past week. (Get all the clutter from your mind outta there! Some people call it a “mind dump”… call it whatever you want, just get that clutter out!)
- Spend some time with loved ones… enjoying one another.
- Go to the park, mountains, or beach… get outside!
- Watch a movie.
- Play a board game.
- Order pizza and eat it on a blanket on the living room floor in a blanket tent.
- Decide to make your day as “low key” as possible.
- Use only paper plates and plastic utensils.
- Make muffins the night before for breakfast.
- Make nachos (on paper plates), or soup in the crock-pot for lunch.
- Make a pan of enchiladas or lasagna the day before to keep in the fridge for supper.
I’m sorry for getting caught up in MY plans that I stopped allowing you to pour into my heart, mind, and soul. I know only you can restore me, and I know I need to take time to slow down and be still. Help me to stop at least once a week for an entire day to enjoy all the blessings you’ve given me and spend time with You so I am become more of who You created me to be.
Please help me to remember that You’re in control, and to trust in your timing regardless of whether I am working or not. Help me to stop obsessing on things I can or can’t control. Help me to release any anxiety and trust You more. And help me to become more of what You created me to be, and less like the world demands. I know decluttering is about so much more than what I see, and that nothing is wasted in Your hands… especially time spent with YOU. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
YOUR NEXT STEP… coming soon!