The beginning of a new year seems to bring with it a desire for decluttering, organizing, and getting things together. Everyone wants to rid themselves of things in the natural that they no longer need or find useful. There seems to be no place for the old in the new.
When you walk through retail stores this time of year, most of the items used for organization and storage are placed in the front. You can find an array of baskets, bins, and tubs- all of which are ready to be used as you work on finding a place for everything and putting everything in its place. Social media sites, like Pinterest, are filled with pins that point the way to printable declutter calendars, thirty-day declutter challenges, and even tips for what not to do when you are decluttering.
Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self. -Eleanor Brownn
Decluttering the physical environment is very necessary, but how much time and energy do we really devote to decluttering our lives?
Anything or anyone that drains us, robs us, and hinders us in fulfilling our purpose is clutter. Consider the following examples:
1.) Having a boyfriend that constantly wants you to compromise with your body is clutter. This relationship is toxic. It steals your peace, your purity and your own self from the relationship you share with God.
2.) Poor money management is clutter. We are simply stewards. Nothing we have belongs to us. Not properly handling what God places in our hands and doing what we want with it causes us to be unfaithful stewards…unfaithful stewards whose actions are showing God what is really in our hearts.
What clutter do you need to get rid of? It could be negative thinking, not getting proper rest, or even improper eating habits. The list is limitless and different for everyone.
As you embark upon a brand new year, this is the perfect time to really reflect and ask yourself, “What is in my life that does not support the amazing woman that God has called me to be?“
Look at what God says about you in His Word:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
You are God’s finest. His handiwork. Contrary to what your past or circumstances may say, you are not a failure. You are not the mistakes you might have made.
You, precious one, are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are loved by your Father with an unfailing, unconditional love. A love that nothing can separate you from.
He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. (James 1:18 NLT)
God sees you as a prized possession; a priceless possession indeed. Anyone or anything that fogs your perception of this truth can be considered as clutter. And ladies, let me tell you: Clutter has no purpose but to hold us back as we seek to fulfill our purpose through the Father. Get rid of the clutter in your life.
As many of you continue to work on removing your physical space of clutter, make sure to also set aside the time to ask God to show you the rest of the clutter in your life that needs to go. He desires to do something so amazingly new in your life. And sometimes, the old can do nothing but build walls and blind us from what God desires to do.
Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV)
Ask God for His guidance as you let go of the old and embrace the new.