Today at Faith Barista Jam, we are discussing the word, clutter. When I first saw that word, I wondered what I would write about? The past week or two we’ve been getting back “into” the Thursday Jam sessions.
Clutter is almost always seen as negative. It makes me think of stacks of papers, scattered books, empty coffee cups, and junk mail. Stacks of dirty dishes, piles of shoes at the door, and wet towels on the bathroom floor. Clutter….sigh. It can drive me nuts.
Cluttered minds, cluttered lives. Much like the junk mail laying on the kitchen counter…junk thoughts can also clutter our minds. Thoughts that keep us from what is important.
Negative thoughts that pile up, much like the overflowing inbox full of junk.
“I’m so stupid! How could I have let this happen?”
“Oh, great. I’m sure I’ll get the Mom of the Year award for this.”
“I could never do that. I’d just fail. Again.”
“If only I were thinner, prettier, smarter….”
“I used to want to do that…but, now it is too late. I’ve waited too long.”
“I’m such a klutz.”
“God, are you really sure about this? Maybe this is a mistake?”
If clutter is not sorted through…it can become overwhelming. Debilitating. Excruciating.
Clutter is not God’s plan for His children.
It is not His desire for us to be filled with junk. His plan for us is better.
His plan is perfect and right.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV
- Cluttered Chaos of the Mind (belovedhopeendures.com)
- Less Stuff Equals More Calm? How to De-Clutter (news.health.com)
- Let It Go (whitbnimble.wordpress.com)
- 3/52: Create a Clearing (purdueavenue.com)
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Yes, those negative thoughts just start accumulating as we try to brush them away. Then, we show them to our girlfriend who loves us — and she’ll say, “You don’t need this. This is old.” Then, she’ll giggle and pass you a strawberry pastry and say, “C’mon. Let’s go take a coffee break.” You, Dawn, are beautiful, smart, gifted, fun to be with, a wonderful passionate mom who works hard with hands and heart for her kids, gets up everyday to love them, and pours wonderful words for her friends in the faith jam! love you!