Monday, September 25, 2017

Clutter Free Living

This year at MOPS, we are exploring what it means to live Free Indeed! At tomorrow's meeting, we'll be hearing from Stephanie Colson, from Sweet and Neat Organizing, about how to better organize our homes and routines.

In that same spirit, I'd like to share a short devotional from MOPS International:

Clutter Free Living

We put our house on the market recently. You know what that means, it’s time to go through every closet and cupboard with a fine-tooth comb and eliminate clutter. Not easy for a family of seven, but when the lockbox appears on the front door, we all know the drill.  
We scale back and stash away our stuff for this season of selling. I’ve even heard of people renting storage pods where they can throw all of their excess belongings into.  
Between you and me, I have no problem telling other people what to pare down or purge. I can easily spot a tennis racquet that hasn’t been lifted in years or a board game that has never been played. Getting ready for this move, I was incredibly quick to rifle right through my husband’s closet and eliminate his unnecessary items. But it’s always harder when it comes to my own things. Truth be told: I treasure my stuff.  
In Mark 10, there’s a rich, young ruler who asks Jesus what he must do to enter the kingdom of heaven and Jesus answers him: Go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. I always thought that story didn’t really apply to me – I’m not rich or young or anywhere close to a ruler. So maybe the words of Jesus aren’t for me.  
Except, they are. 
Jesus is speaking about the things we hold on to – the things which distract us and keep us from going deep with him. When we’re told we have to eliminate some of our stuff, we figure out quickly what we truly treasure.  
Why did Jesus tell him to sell all of his possessions? Just before Jesus gives the young man his answer, Mark writes, Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him. Jesus instructs the ruler to get rid of his stuff because he loved him. He knew it was best for this guy to remove what was standing in the way of eternity. Though God provides abundantly, he doesn’t want our belongings to compete with the longing of our heart for him.  
Why? Because he loves us.

3 comments:

  1. Morning nap prevented us from attending the meeting today, but thanks for posting this reflection Sarah. It was a good read even if we didn't make it for the speaker. Thank you!

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    1. We missed you! Those morning naps can sure make or break our day depending on our plans!!

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  2. I think you guys should go with Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult as the Novel is simply amazing. I gave it a read last summer and enjoyed reading it a lot.

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