I never knew clutter could be such a popular topic. But in the last two days I have received more comments about clutter and the need to get rid of it than any other recent post. I think that clutter is one of those things that is a never ending battle in all of our lives. And yet, without some moderation clutter can quickly take over our lives.
Usually when I say clutter most people immediately think material stuff…the overflowing closet, the junk drawer, the toy bin, the kitchen…our kids rooms. For me, I am choosing to deal with some of my material clutter this week – namely my tupperware cabinet and my clothes closet.
But honestly, God is wanting to take me far past the material clutter of my house and wants me to dig even deeper.
And the deeper question? What happens when my spiritual life becomes too cluttered?
I think one of the biggest culprits of clutter in my spiritual life revolves around my personal time with God. Often we hear about the importance of meeting with God one on one. Many Christians call it “Devotions” or “Quiet Time.” And I do think it is incredibly important to meet with God one one one, to spend time praying and getting into His word. But my question comes at this juncture…When does our quiet time become excess clutter?
Did I just dare to say that? Yes…Yes I did.
Time with God isn’t supposed to be a practiced ritual but an experienced relationship. Do I get up in the morning and have “quiet time” with God because it’s what I’m supposed to do or what I want to do?
I know for me when it becomes more about a ritual than a relationship than something has got to change. Or when my time with Him becomes more about asking then it is about listening…something has got to change.
When I stop to ask a blessing over my food and it’s more about a quick prayer so I can eat than about taking a moment to refocus my heart and thoughts on Him…then something has got to change.
For me it’s time to declutter my spiritual life. It’s about stripping things back to the basics of my relationship with Christ. About remembering what He did for me on that cross. It’s about shaking myself out of routine and quieting my heart before Him. It’s about ceasing to ask so that I might listen. It’s about refocusing my heart on him.
Stepping out of ritual….so that I might enter back into relationship.
So the challenge for myself this week is to shake up my routine. So instead of my standard devotional book I feel God calling me to go deeper into his word by utilizing a bible reading plan…allowing Him to speak to my heart about the words He wrote for me.
And I will challenge myself to spend more time in prayer. But not just asking prayer, but quiet, listening prayer. To stand or sit or kneel…and listen. To quiet my heart and mind so that He may speak without me getting in the way.
To cease ritual…and seek relationship. For to seek relationship is to find the heart of the matter.
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”