I have to clean off my kitchen bar pretty often. It feels so good to see it clean without clutter. Sadly, it’s not long and the bar is full of stuff again. I can get so frustrated when I see all the clutter. The papers. The toys. The books. The stuff that we just didn’t want to do anything with. I wonder why don’t we just put this stuff in it’s place? or discard it? As I was thinking about that today, the Holy Spirit showed me that our lives are a lot like that.
Ouch. Yes, that hit hard. It’s so true, though, it was hard to hear.
Our lives can become just as cluttered as my kitchen bar. Sometimes the clutter just creeps in on us. You think maybe we let it pile up because we just aren’t sure what to do with it? The hurt, the grief, or the anger. It builds because we really don’t want to feel that way, but we don’t know what to do to get rid of it all. It can be hard to deal with our emotions sometimes especially when dealing with other people. One thing we can’t do is not deal with it. We really need to ask the Father to help us deal with whatever the emotion or issue may be. He doesn’t want us full of bad emotions, He wants us to live in freedom.
Another reason I think we let the clutter build up in our lives is that we don’t want to deal with the emotions and issues. That is probably the most dangerous mindset and attitude. That is rebellion and a sin against the Father. Though it may be hard to admit there is an issue and actually deal with it, it is so necessary.
If we don’t deal with the emotions and issues, it won’t just go away, it’s going to build until it overtakes us.
Anger, stress, and depression can physically make one sick. The Father doesn’t want that for us. He wants good things for us, but we have to deal with issues and emotions just like I have to clean off my kitchen bar. Some of the items I’m not sure where to put, but I can’t just let them sit there. I have to find a place for them if I want that clean bar. It’s the same with our lives. If we want a live of freedom and growth, we have to deal with the clutter.
Don’t let the clutter become a hazard in your life. Our hearts are the source for everything. Seek help if you need too, but deal with the clutter and regain your freedom that the Father desires for you.
Father, thank You for using simple things to teach us and speak to us. Life can bring about many emotions and issues. Help us to deal with clutter when it’s in our hearts. We don’t want hearts that are bruised and battered. We desire hearts that are beating and thriving through You. Show us how to deal with the issues and emotions that arise in our lives. We desire to be a clear vessel that Your love, mercy, strength, and joy can flow through. So clear our hearts of anger, hurt, and stress. Give us wisdom when dealing with others and to handle the situation with care. We thank You for guiding us as we clean out the clutter. In Jesus’ name, Amen.