Allowing Clutter to Accumulate

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Allowing clutter to accumulate, and not paying close attention to it, can build up and little by little become a big problem.

Pilot and I aren’t certified pat rats – yet- but we do have a tendency to save things. While the things in themselves aren’t bad, they become a problem when left to pile up, take up valuable space, and get in the way. Before we know it, things are out of control and the thought of reigning in the chaos seems daunting. So we keep putting it off.

Ever been there?

It’s nothing we set out to do, certainly. It’s a gradual, subtle progression.

So, I’m thinking … is that what happens in our relationship with God? Do we allow the clutter of disobedience to accumulate little by little until we don’t even realize how big a problem it has become?

Does our disobedience take up valuable space in our lives, leave no room for Jesus, and get in the way of our daily walk with God?

More times than not, the disobedience starts out in small things, but soon turns to larger things without even a second thought. It is a subtle slow fade. Before we realize it, our disobedience becomes second nature instead of the exception.

It’s sorta’ like the story of the frog who was placed in a tepid pot of water on top of the stove. Sensing no danger, the frog did not try to escape. Little by little the temperature of the water increased. The change was so subtle. The frog never realized he was in a life-threatening situation until it was too late.

I guess what Pilot and I should do about the clutter is not let it into the house to begin with. We should also be willing to let go of the things that are taking up valuable space, getting in our way, and causing us to stumble.

It takes a lot of vigilance and hard work to keep clutter from accumulating, but the end result is well worth it.

The same could be said about not allowing the clutter of disobedience to accumulate. We need to get rid of the stuff that takes up valuable space, gets in our way, and causes us to stumble before we become comfortable with it, and ignore its negative effect on our lives.

How do you keep from allowing clutter to accumulate?

Disclaimer – none of these pictures are of our house. 😉

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Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 GNT

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