Thursday, January 24, 2013

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere

When I look around me, I see clutter.  Some of it--like greeting cards--is sentimental, and some just needs to be put away.  But what about clutter of the heart and mind?
'clutter' photo (c) 2009, Sean MacEntee - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Grudges are a form of clutter that I've learned to ditch along the way.  Long before I knew Christ, I decided that it took too much energy to stay angry at someone.  Many years ago I had a boyfriend who ... well, let's just say that I had to get a restraining order when we split up.  Can you imagine the space that the anger and bitterness would take, if I still carried them around?  Since then I've heard something like, "He hasn't paid enough rent to occupy that space in your head," which I think is a good description.

The clutter that I'm working on is distraction.  When I pray or read the Bible, I am so easily distracted by everyday "stuff."  Trivial things, like "Oh, yeah, I need to wash towels" and "What time do I need to start cooking dinner?" and "Is it nap time yet?"  (My son is 15; I'm thinking of my nap time.)  My mind races in five different directions at once, and it's everywhere except where I want it to be.  This is something that I struggle with daily.  If you have any ideas, please let me know!

What clutter have you conquered, or what are you working on?

6 comments :

  1. My mind went to the same place as I thought about clutter this week. I have quite a bit of mental clutter and distractions to go along with the physical kind. It's comforting to know I'm not alone in this struggle with clutter!

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  2. I can definitely relate to the clutter of distraction. When I get distracted like that during my quiet time, I just jot down a note "laundry" (or whatever) so I can get it off my mind, and get back to what I'm trying to do.

    Last year for Lent I *tried* to give up multitasking, and although it was hard and I failed often, it was a great way for me to begin getting a grip on distractions. I'm thinking about doing it again this year, but not committing just yet. :-)

    Love this:
    "Is it nap time yet?" (My son is 15; I'm thinking of my nap time.)

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  3. I also can relate to the clutter of a distracted overactive mind! Sometimes when I am trying to have quiet time with the Lord I speak a verse over and over again....like Be still and know that I am God. I also ask the Holy Spirit to calm my mind. I am interested in what others whill share....I liked what Lisa said about jotting down a note so she can release it. Good idea!!

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  4. Mental clutter conquered: Judging others. It's like throwing junk mail in the recycle bin: I just have to recognize the incoming thought as junk and then I throw it to God with a prayer about his grace for that issue or person. Also fears regarding my husband...but don't feel I should say more; just same process.
    Thanks for asking!

    I am working on the decluttering of my home and my kitchen (food issues) with the love of Christ compelling me.

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  5. grudges are true clutter and not so easy to subdue or clean up especially when the issue never gets resolved. When something is resolved, those grudges melt away, but if not, it takes a bit longer to chip away at it with scripture.

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  6. what a great way to look at it...
    I have issues on holding grudges... and I know I need to work on it...
    as for the mind wandering, my mind does that 24/7

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