It is often said when you are spring cleaning that if it is something that you haven’t used or worn in the last 6-8 months, you should be rid of it. You are not using it and shoving it in the closet is not going to make you use it more. I am going through this process at home right now, trying to go through things that I don’t need and getting rid of things that I don’t. Most of this has been perpetrated due to my husband and I trying to combine households. It’s a learning experience, especially when I come with a house full of stuff all on my own. Some areas of the house can be a little cluttered at times as we are sifting through stuff.
Now that is just an instance of a physical house. Imagine how cluttered our spiritual houses are?
We carry around hurts and grievances from 15-20 years ago like it is really doing something for us. The only thing that it is doing is making you better, not better. Whatever you are upset about most of the time the other person has no clue and if they do, they don’t really care about enough to let it affect their lives. So why are you letting it affect yours and your spirit?
We clutter ourselves with thoughts, stress, and worries about things that we can’t change or do not have any control over. Most of the time we take those feelings and that anxiety and we bury it. That in itself is not healthy. What good is it doing you to keep filling up your spiritual closet with stuff that doesn’t serve any purpose?
Unfortunately, some of our clutter has to do with people. A person may have done something to us in the past and we are still holding on to unforgiveness in our hearts. That unforgiveness doesn’t really hurt them, but it’s killing you. The only way you will have peace is to either let go of what they did and forgive them or see if they will change their ways once you tell them how you feel. One way or the other you are going to have to let what happened, and/or them, go.
Sometimes we are so intent on holding onto a person just because they are there even though they serve no real purpose to our lives. Misery loves company but all company isn’t good. People draw on your energy and if they are not feeding you in return, what’s the point? If they are not bringing anything to the table of your life and all they do is pull up a seat to eat, what benefit do you get from that? Let go of the things and people that don’t serve you. I hear people often say that they are afraid to be alone, but you’re not alone if you have God.
Whatever is consuming your time and energy, is also consuming your spirit. So get rid of the Clutter and make room for God. Stop trying to fill the void in your spirit with stuff and people. It’s not fair to you and it’s definitely not fair to the other people around you. You can’t try to put people in a position to do things for you that only God can do. You can’t promote people to positions in your life that they were not called to be in. At some point you’re going to have to get alone and get vulnerable with God because He is the only one that is in total control and He is the only one that can truly give you the peace you need. However, that can only happen when you declutter your spirit.
Clean house. Make room. Be set free.