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Building Faith, 12 – Utter Clutter

November 16, 2015

The best selling non-fiction book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo has been on the list for many weeks, and I have been tempted to read it. So far I have resisted this temptation, but weeds tend to grow in this garden of life until they are forcibly removed. Does Marie Kondo believe a well-kept garden like a well-kept closet indicates a well-kept life? I do, but I must confess I spend more time in the garden than in the closet; hence my closets are in a state of  utter-clutter.

Psalm 12 indicates a possible solution, for the psalmist cries, “Help Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing. Protect the people who are burdened with evil (and overloaded with junk?).” The Lord replies, “I will rescue them.” But how is God to rescue us? How can Jesus bring order to our lives?

Marie Kondo suggests we throw away that which does not bring joy – not that which used to bring us joy many years ago, but that which fills us with joy today. The cup that runneth over in my closets does not bring happiness; it brings a mess.

As we clear the clutter, we leave room for Jesus to enter our lives and bring joy. When we give him space, Jesus restores order to an imperfect cluttered life.

(Proverbs 16: 3) Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.

(Matthew 6: 33) Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things will be added unto you.

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