I am getting organized and uncluttered so I can steward God's heart and will with passion and precision. I am getting ready for promotion and the "more" God has planned for me. I will be faithful in big things because I am faithful in small things.
I gotta tell ya, organization is not my strong suit. I have to put a lot of effort and attention into being organized and remembering things. I don't organize things in the same way on any given day. My husband is befuddled as to how my mind "organizes" (if you can even call it that!)
Even though organization and de-cluttering may not be your gift, it IS a huge gift to yourself and to your soul. Last year over a period of several weeks I began to un-clutter my house, one room at a time. It felt GREAT!
When I began to go through my room, shelves, drawers, closets, and cupboards, I had a great sense of peace, accomplishment, and relief when I finally did it. My mind became more focused. My anxiety level dropped. The process made room for peace, and potential upgrades. I slept better.
I wonder if the Lord wants to upgrade our thinking, our peace, and our focus? We have to make room for it. We have to say no to some things so we can experience a better yes.
If we don't steward what God has currently given us, He won't give us more. It would be foolish for Him to give us more. The more would actually burry us!
I think this is the crux of this affirmation. Do you want to be ready and open-handed to grasp the direction, wisdom, upgrades, and blessings God wants to send your way?
He can't if we aren't ready. This means we need to take moments to prepare our space, home, heart, finances, and (for me) my computer - to clear the way for God to move.
Have you considered this reason to de-clutter? It's not just about having a tidy space. It says to the Lord, "I am thankful for everything You have entrusted to me. I am going to continue to steward well, and be a person you can trust with things, people, and ministries."
I challenge you to consider what might need space in your life. Look at the way you currently steward your "stuff" and your relationships. Is there anything you could do today to take a simple step forward in the right direction? That's where you start.
It's been one year since I did my last de-clutter. I'm due. My emails and computer desktop look like chaos. The paper pile in my kitchen is a beast.
I look forward to making some time, and chipping away at these spaces so that I can be a faithful steward. It's as simple as that.
If you are interested in a couple resources, check out:
Also Kathi provides a free download called 50 Ways to Reduce Stuff.
PS - if you live with a pack-rat, don't throw away their stuff. The relationship-bomb is not worth it. Stick to your own stuff. After a while, invite them to take a step along side you. Then give them the freedom to choose.
May the Lord give you rest and organization for your soul and body!