This month, I’ve been partaking in a challenge of getting rid of stuff. The goal is to get rid of as many things as the date number. The first day you get rid of one thing and on the second day, you part ways with two things and so on. During the month of January, it will around to 496 things all together. Not easy but so good. Getting rid of unused or otherwise unnecessary things makes room for peace and contentment. It feels good to simplify your life.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Tim. 6:6-8, NIV,*)
Simplify your life
Clutter in our home and/or in our life prevents us from fully enjoying and experiencing the joy of living. We don’t even notice it but it’s true nonetheless. There’s freedom in letting go. If we fill our homes and our minds with junk, there really is no peace. But when we declutter our living spaces and our souls, there are peace and happiness more readily available. It’s time to simplify your life: Less junk, more Jesus.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1, NLT, emphasis added,*)
Taking care of stuff takes us away from serving God. Owing can be a burden and stuff can slow us down. When we get rid of stuff that we don’t need any longer, we create space for the new thing God is doing in our lives. I know it is very easy to get attached to stuff. But the stuff does not bring security we crave. We always want more. And more. Yet stuff – or sin – never delivers. Only Jesus does.
Help us to declutter our lives.
Enable us to get rid of anything and everything
that hinders our work in your kingdom
or starts to take your place in our lives.
We want less junk, more of you.
Become our everything.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Is it easy for you to get rid of stuff? How do you simplify your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you simplify your life according to God’s plan for you!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].