Avoid the Clutter Trap
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. … So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
─ Luke 12:15, 21 ESV
In life, we tend to go to the path of least resistance. Like water flowing downstream, it will always go through the path that is the easiest. The reality is, that path can lead to clutter when the water runs dry. The path of least resistance does not force us to spend the time to clean up the clutter in our lives.
We don’t know what is on the inside of someone’s heart. We can only see the external clutter. Some are holding on to a lifetime of hurt, loss, unforgiveness and negative thoughts. Clutter is a trap into the unimportant and serves as a crutch. Sadly, there is comfort and a sense of control with all that stuff, but Jesus desires for us to be intentional.
In Luke 12:15-21, Jesus told a story of a man who hoards stuff in his barn in case he needs it “someday,” only to die the next day. He closed the story by reiterating that it’s most important to be rich toward God.
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we are not going to take anything out. The only way that we can truly experience what God has for us is to take those things of lesser value in our lives and not allow whatever that is: entertainment, emotions, activities, to get in the way of the things of greater value.
Today’s One Thing
Do you have some clutter in your life today? Maybe it’s not physical clutter, but clutter in your heart and mind. Here are 2 things you can do to start decluttering this week.
- Ask yourself, “What needs to go in my life and what needs to come into my life?”
- Declare your intention: “I will eliminate clutter in this area.”