Clothes. Everywhere. 6 month pants, newborn socks, 12 month boys shorts, 18 month shirts.
Toys. Scattered. Plastic junk from China, hardly ever touched. A strange looking, singing, waddling cow. Some of this stuff has only been played with once or twice. Do we keep it?
When my husband graciously rearranged furniture in our kids’ bedroom, I necessarily designated myself the head (and only member of) the re-organization department for the aftermath of the task. As I sat in the middle of the room and looked around me at the scene/eyesore described above, I felt overwhelmed.
I didn’t want to go on. I didn’t want to finish the job. And honestly, it didn’t get finished that day. Nor will it probably ever be completely finished, until my kids move out, and take all their stuff with them.
We’ve been blessed with the generous offerings of many friends and family members and have a plethora of kids’ items- toys, supplies, clothes. But kids grow out of clothes, quickly. And they don’t play with all their toys. And if you don’t keep up with the elimination- whether donating, gifting, or the inevitable trashing of some of them- of the unnecessary items that get built up, you’ll wind up with a mess of a bedroom, that’s bound to start oozing out into the rest of your home.
It’s painful to take the time out to do it, and it’s hard to get rid of the stuff once you do. But, as always with the law of delayed gratification, you feel much better once you do. And the place becomes visible evidence, as well, as it looks much better when you’re done.
As I sat cross-legged on the floor, folding clothes and sorting them into piles, I reflected on how great it was for God to give us this metaphorical process we must go through periodically with all our closets and household items, really- not just kids’ items, although they do call for attention on a much more timely basis. The process reminds us of the same thing we must go through mentally, all through life.
If your mind is cluttered with distractions, and untruths, it has to be cleaned out.
If you’re basing your life on some judgement assigned to you, at any time of life, and that judgement’s not God’s, then your mind has to be freed of that nuisance.
If you’ve been accepting every word, story, opinion, or suggestion you hear, without guarding your soul or protecting it from the widespread idiocy all around you in any way, (much like I allow my house to become full by unwisely accepting material items we don’t really need) then your soul and mind must be swept clean.
With our homes, it’s obvious; we need to clean up to make it more livable and enjoyable. And the physical nature of the house means it really does not matter in the long run, but our mental states do matter- what you think and believe is how you’ll live your life. And how you live your life is of the utmost importance; it affects your every moment and every person and creature you encounter, or rather, your life is your every moment and every encounter with every other person and creature.
Make your life a reflection of what’s important to you, instead of letting it reflect a giant distraction or a massive confusion.
Refine your life,
just like we have to refine our children’s rooms and homes to hold what they actually use and need. It’s not easy, and it’s not instantaneous, rather, it’s more of a way of life. It’s an attitude. Constant refinement of the mind, and therefore, your life- it’s a good thing.
And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.