But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
It seems to be a current trend in our culture to embrace the de-cluttering and downsizing of our living space. It's not a bad thing at all, because the hope is that by removing the distractions, the things that possess us, we can focus on what's truly important in the day to day: Loving God and our neighbor.
Now, I'll be the first to say, that if the possessions you own don't own you, you're in good shape. They are far from being idols that hinder your spiritual growth. You are well on your way down the positive path of keeping Christ front and center in your life.
But organizing all that "stuff" into a neat, minute, uncluttered package? That can present a challenge!
During a recent trip to my mother's, my husband, Danny, discovers the popular show, Tidying Up, featuring minimalist extraordinaire, Marie Kondo. He is inspired to make some changes as to how some necessities are stored in his bureau. So when I return home, I'm met with this:
Okay. I get it. But, hey! I'm the laundry queen in our house, and now I have to learn a new method for folding clothes? Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Long story short, I'm adapting. Slowly and methodically.
Because Danny means the world to me, I really want to go all out to support his efforts in reorganization. And yes, I have to admit, this system does make sense, even if it involves extra effort on my part as you can see by the steps a rolled up T-shirt entails.
Yes, lots of steps to minimalize the space the T-shirts take up. But you know what? With every extra move I make, I am reminded of how much I'm blessed by Danny's love for me, and how much I love him in return. I thank God for His blessings on our marriage, through bad times and good. And I know it is a marriage that is made strong, and true, and solid because we both choose to seek God's kingdom first and foremost.
So, my friends, I urge you to purge the clutter from your lives, the unnecessary things that hold you hostage from knowing a full commitment to God. Seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and all will fall into place as it should.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, to God's holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace ...
Psalm 147:16 He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. All last week, we stay tuned in to any change in the new...
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. ~Matthew 14:14 We just get my mother moved into ...
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. ~John 14:2 What a ...