MORE vs less: God’s Point-of-View on Clutter

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Day 29 – Ouch! His viewpoint is different than mine.

Clutter is a crowded or confused mass or collection. Americans love to hoard their clutter. In 2012, the average American [was] hoarding 23 items in their home that they [had] absolutely no use for, according to results.” ~ (Sam Paul).

Decluttering is an ongoing pursuit and many of us have it on our to-do lists and New Year’s resolutions. However, like many lists and resolutions, these items are abandoned before we see real change.

That described me, too. But this past year I have been purposeful and mindful of my actions, possessions, and thoughts. Lately, I’ve been contemplating what God has to say about decluttering.

A well-known maxim about treasures is that they are to be in Heaven, not earth. And the fact that I’ve had a hard time parting with a lot of my things shows that I have considered my things treasures. I used my money to maintain, store, and buy more of them.

God says to keep my treasures in Heaven. These treasures will not be susceptible to rust, breakage, or thievery. Heavenly treasures bring freedom and blessing.

I clutched at my treasures due to fear and worry that I might need them later today or at most very soon.

I stockpiled extra frivolities like glue guns, teapots, art supplies, blankets, etc.

God says to not worry about what I’ll need tomorrow. Concentrate on my today. Many times I can borrow what is needed. Or I can go to the thrift store and buy the item (most likely a frivolity) inexpensively. And God says He will provide for my NEEDS for today.

Sometimes I feel bound to my things. It is almost like I am in love with my possessions. So I cannot get rid of them. That would be the height of unfaithfulness.

Isn’t that silly and wrong-spirited? God says I am to love people. Another like minded maxim says we are to love people and use things; not use people and love things.

A noble way for me to love people is to use more of my income on things people need: clean water, clothing, food, shelter, etc.

I don’t believe God is asking me to live a bare bones lifestyle. I do believe He wants me to be more mindful of HOW I spend my money and to share more of it. And so do I.

Day 29 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Finished my closet.

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