Cleanliness is next to godliness. (No, it ain't in the Bible)
I challenge you to go past what you already think about this famous saying. Can you see past the surface? Is this true or false? Why? Maybe you've believed it all your life. Question it and let's see the results here. Please post your thoughts.
Name: Linda Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby) Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Before I moved into my first home, I lived in a one-bedroom apartment for 20 years. Did much world-traveling, so home was simply my "base" to eat, sleep, and go to work to earn more money for traveling. My place was always cluttered with papers and music, books, travel memorabilia, and all manner of truly IMPORTANT "stuff." After all, it was only me there.
When I bought my home, I resolved to use this opportunity to make it "decent, and in order." Unfortunately, I moved out of my apartment at the last minute and had not properly sorted & purged beforehand, so EVERYTHING moved with me to the house. But, I had a huge garage, so it all went in there.
My plan was simple. Bring one box at a time into the house, sort carefully, make a critical decision about keeping/tossing, determine a place for it. This worked like a charm! I got so good that my then-"courting" husband could ask me for a screwdriver and I could direct him to the drawer in the kitchen, on the left side, behind the thus-and-such!
Since I had so much space in the house without all the clutter, I actually had to get used to moving in uncluttered space. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we form patterns of movement through clutter that imprint on our memory -- it's how we get around in the dark -- we remember what's where...
But take away all the "junk," clear the pathways, and life feels rather strange. But, we're given the opportunity to walk more freely, into more unencumbered space, with less tripping, and much less stress about how much stuff is everywhere.
It's called freedom. And it's what God wants us to experience in life. To divest ourselves of everything that is cluttering our way, hindering our steps, and causing us to stumble and fall.
My goal now regarding "stuff" is to be like Paul in prison when he asked Timothy to bring .."the parchments and the cloak.." I'm paring down to only what is absolutely necessary to keep me focused on God. Am I there yet? No way!
Linda, that is so inspiring. I had thought about taking my garden down a notch this year because it had become so demanding (didn't get that way by itself). Well, along comes winter of 2010 and practically wipes out the whole thing. Had a little greenhouse 6x8 and the 14 inches of snow in 24 hours crashed it. Today I have taken out the pots and about half are dead. I don't even feel remorse. It has begun to own me and I felt trapped. All my own fault. God took care of some of the decisions that I wasn't able to make. This spring and summer will be much simpler and more pleasant. I hadn't completely seen it like that until your post. Thank you.
Challenge yourself to step over the box into the land of the cubit challenge! Hey, hey, hey...there is a world out there...
Follow the challenge and post the results here. I (and perhaps one of my admins) will post the challenge. You post the results.