Are you overwhelmed? It’s like your every day is filled with too much to do.
Our lives are filled with clutter. We hold onto things longer than we should. And we don’t make time for the things that really matter because we fill our lives up with too much excess.
Clutter drives me crazy! I can’t focus at home or in life unless I have dealt with the clutter. Even if that is simply just putting it out of eyes view (like stuffing it in a closet) or shutting off stuff that is no longer important.
This can hold a large amount of baggage in our hearts and minds.
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The worst kind of clutter is the one in your heart. This happens over time. We often don’t see the clutter creep up in our hearts. Over time there is an opportunity for our hearts to be filled with bitterness, memories, hang-ups, guilt, and more.
God focuses on our hearts. He is not exempt from the clutter that we allow to build up in our hearts.
Bible Verses to Help You Declutter
Are you overwhelmed with clutter? As humans, we tend to hold onto negative things in our lives longer than we should which can turn into anger, bitterness, and resentment. We remember something someone said that was hurtful and can’t seem to let it go. These things often store up in my heart and keep me from focusing on Jesus. We tend to shut the door and close off our hearts.
Furthermore, in Matthew 19:22, we see that a man was letting the material clutter in his life keep him from following Jesus and accessing the riches of the kingdom of heaven. He had many possessions and was not willing to give them up to let Jesus fill his heart. He was holding onto a lot of things and simply couldn’t let them go.
Try turning to the Bible to learn how to declutter your heart.
1 Corinthians 14:40: But everything must be done decently and in order.
Philippians 4:19: And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 51:10: God, create a clean heart for meand renew a steadfast spirit within me.
John 15:3: You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
5 Ways to Declutter Your Heart
Have you ever considered taking an inventory of your heart and the things that are keeping you from reaching your full potential in Christ? Or what may be keeping you down? There are parts of our hearts that can become neglected if we don’t pay close attention.
We push Jesus out when we let too much of other things into our hearts. Let’s take some time to look at areas of our lives where we can use decluttering.
In this process, we must surrender our hearts to God. He is looking out for what is best for us. He knows who we are and who we are meant to be. He will gently nudge us and guide us to get rid of the clutter in our hearts. And we can trust Him when we choose to let it go.
Take Every Thought Captive
Our minds can be filled with clutter from the world. We must take time to take every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We must feed our minds with the Word of God. We don’t have to be worried or stressed about the things that clutter our hearts. Instead, we can rest assured in God’s goodness and faithfulness.
We need to let God have the first place in our minds and hearts. He is worth everything you are afraid of giving up. There is so much joy that can be found once you remove the clutter in your heart. Focus on Jesus and all that he has done for you. Focus on all of the blessings God has given you.
Declutter The Excess in Your Life
Everyone has more material possessions than we need. People get paid to declutter homes for you. We cling on to so many material possessions because they bring us a sense of security. I am guilty and totally have a junk drawer or two! I just put away stuff into these drawers thinking one day I will absolutely need the item that is in it. However, I often forget what is in the said junk drawer.
As mentioned above, we need to get rid of material stuff that is making room in our hearts over Jesus. He might just ask you to get rid of stuff. The rich young ruler probably cared more about the comfort of the items in his home brought to him than the actual stuff. What will you do if he does that? Are the books on the shelves or the overflowing drawers enhancing your life? Does the stuff in your house help equip you to bring glory to God? Will getting rid of this stuff help free you up to serve your family or community better? Grab the hand of the Father who will provide for our every need.
Clean out Your Heart
More than material, we need to clean out the baggage that is making room in our hearts. What unforgiveness or grudge are you holding tight in your heart. Is it time to let go of the unresolved bitterness? There is so much freedom when you let these things go. You make room for Jesus in your hearts and let his light shine through you.
Declutter Unnecessary Tasks
You need to make a list of what really is important to you. It’s all about conserving your time and energy to do things that matter most. I have found it helpful to make a list of all things you need to do then break it down by category and see where you can ask for help.
Decrease Your Information Input
This one might be the hardest. We are given information overload all day every day. We can Google any answer we are looking for. But all too often it leads us down a rabbit hole of distraction. It can often lead us more anxious than we were to start.
Prayer for God to Declutter Your Heart
If we actually want to declutter our hearts, we need to prepare for what God is going to say. He may reveal more than we care to know – areas of our lives that we feel connected to but need to be done away with.
Ask God for a clean heart. David diligently asked God to look at His heart. This was brave considering God already knows what is in our hearts. Repent and ask God to forgive you and turn away from what is cluttering your heart. We need to let God have access to our hearts so he can clean them of the debris.
Here’s to living clutter-free lives and living a little lighter! Are you with me?