Living Beyond Sunday – Clutter Series– Is Your Clutter Keeping You From Experiencing God?

(The Problem)

Webster defines Clutter as:

“to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness”

Is clutter a problem for you?  Does it impede your work at home or in the office?  Does clutter impact the efficiency of your work?  Does clutter in your home, on your desk or in your garage translate to clutter in your mind?

Where I live clutter is a problem…and an opportunity.  You see, in Florida we don’t have basements to hide our stuff, so we find room in our garages or rafters to store our extra belonging.  When the garage is full, we don’t purge, we just rent a storage unit!   But why am I having thoughts about clutter?

I believe that clutter in our homes, our offices, and places like our garages or calendars can translate directly into clutter of our minds.  Clutter in my mind interferes with the intimacy and depth of my relationship with God.  This clutter keeps me from experiencing God to the fullest!

Ask yourself these questions:

Is my home, office, garage, or calendar cluttered?
Am I too overwhelmed to deal with it, so I just ignore it?
Do I park my cars worth $10,000+ in the driveway because I have things worth $10 stacked in my garage?
Can I be a good steward of all God has given me if I don’t even know what I have?
Is my clutter causing stress in my relationships? (Home, Work, Church?)
Does my stuff keep me so busy, I neglect my relationship with God?
Is my life clean and simple or is it cluttered and keeping from peace?
Is my mind at peace or is it cluttered with a bunch of junk too?

Matthew 5:9New Living Translation (NLT)

9 God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.

Next week: Clutter in our closets and our minds: proof that clutter is a real problem for all of us

About the Author, Jim Brangenberg

Jim's Mission: To transform Christian-run businesses through mentoring Christian Business Owners (CBOs) by incorporating the servant leadership of Jesus Christ in their businesses, their home life and their walk with Christ.

Jim Brangenberg