“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
The boxes are almost gone from our recent move to a new town and our new home. A few pictures have been hung on the walls and it is beginning to look and feel like home. Our first few months brought a flurry of activity of unpacking, organizing, decorating, and settling in. Everything was exciting and new. Then, somewhere between emptying boxes and learning our way around town, we stopped moving in and started living. Amid daily life, the mess and clutter began to settle in with us. The dreaded clutter has already begun its sinister spread, quietly going unnoticed until it is too big to ignore. We have been in our new home for 5 months now and it is already time to declutter. Time to sort through the piles of paper and stacks of unused stuff; to get rid of the useless and make more room for the necessary. To clean out the distractions so we can more easily and readily find whats necessary and needed. It would be so much easier if I would just do a little every day. As the old saying goes, it is easier to keep up than to catch up!
The ever-growing piles of papers and “magically” appearing clutter is a dramatic picture of what can happen in our daily lives if we aren’t intentional about our focus and our time. We can easily and quickly fill up our “junk drawer” with projects and activities that keep us busy, but do little to grow our relationships or improve our lives. We can easily get lost in the clutter of life and lose sight of what matters.
If I am not intentional about how I spend my time, my time will quickly be used up by unimportant time takers. I will get the same 24 hours in a day whether I use them wisely or not. So how do I make sure I am focusing on the important details in my life and not the clutter? I must begin each and every day at the feet of Jesus. The usefulness and quality of my day can be determined before I even get out of bed! I must be intentional to seek His guidance and be filled with His Spirit. Then, and only then, can I begin to see the important tasks ahead of me and focus on what really mattters.
As I go about my day, I must continually be a living sacrifice and allow God to direct and re-direct me, showing me my priorities. I must also be intentional to focus and give undivided attention to my family and friends. Laundry, dishes, and daily chores will always be a necessary part of life, but multi-tasking can deteriorate my relationships and cause me to be distracted. There are times to work, but there are also times to be still, make eye contact with my loved ones and give them my complete attention and focus. This is my goal for this week and I am excited to see how this grows and helps all my relationships with family and friends as well as developing a stronger relationship with Christ through deeper prayer.
Father, help me and teach me to declutter my life. Help me take better care of my home by decreasing and preventing physical clutter and help me to be a better listener and more connected with my family by decluttering my time as well. I desire to know the difference between what is unimportant and what is necessary- help me distinguish between the two and always focus on the latter.