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“Divine Organization” Part 2
back to part 2 of “Divine Organization”. As I said in my previous article, our
world is obsessed with TV shows like Hoarders and Clean House. And given the
myriad of organizing books out there, I’m always left wondering why anyone
would have a hard time figuring out how to get organized. There are a million and one reasons why
people can’t deal with the overload in their lives, be it stuff, activities, or
the mental perception of time; as my clients put it, “cluttered brains equal
cluttered rooms.” So let me raise the question: Is clutter really a faith
issue? Does God have anything to tell us how to finally–once and for all–deal
with our internal and external clutter?
After more than a decade as a professional organizer, I have found that both kinds of clutter create distance between those closest to you and your relationship with God. As Christians, we know that God desires a day-to-day intimacy with us. So yes, your clutter could be the obstacle that keeps you from the abundant life God has already provided. Luke 10:27 reminds us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” However, a disorganized lifestyle suffocates existing relationships, while clutter has a way of isolating us from building new ones.
Many miss the blessings of fellowship simply because of the embarrassment a cluttered home evokes. Worse, a disorganized life can put God at a distance. Because of the many distractions that clutter creates, we are tempted to love and treasure things rather than God. And as clutter suffocates our spaces, it also prevents God from releasing blessings into our lives. In other words, a clutter-filled home erects a wall between God and us. If the sum of all laws is rolled into Luke 10:27, then we must take to heart the importance of maintaining and creating healthy relationships. I believe this so strongly that my ministry tag line reads “Blessings, not stuff!”
In my book Organize…His Way, I outline five reasons why it is imperative that we as Christians live an orderly life. The second reason is your ability to hear God. Ever walk into a room and hear it screaming at you? John 8:47 states, “he who is of God hears God’s words.” But though hearing from God is paramount to your progress as a Christian, clutter can shout over every attempt to hear His still small voice. It is difficult to still the mind and hear God under ordinary circumstances; it is next to impossible when stuff is competing for your attention. Many of my clients say that when there is too much clutter in a given space, it creates “visual noise.” I can promise you with 100% certainty, that when you pray in a clutter-free environment, your ability to hear God’s still small voice will astound you!
In our struggle to free ourselves from the entangling net of clutter, we may lose sight of another important factor; it’s not about us. Above all, Jesus demands that we love Him more than anyone or anything—that we follow Him, trust him, enjoy Him, be satisfied in Him, delight in Him and obey Him. So while the world screams for us to take on ever more stuff and activities, I pray that we can all take a lesson from John 3:30: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Our greatest joy in life is walking out the purposes that God has laid out for each of us.
I pray His mighty blessings for you this summer, that you may begin to hear His voice and foster a deep and meaning relationship in your new-found clutter-free mind and space.
Author - Organize...His Way -- available Spring 2013
2013 NAPO LA Award - " Best Green Service"