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Clear Out the Clutter - Make Room for Order

Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life

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If you were to take a quick inventory of your computer files, closets, toolshed, planner, desk, etc., what would you find? Would they all be uncluttered - or overflowing with files that are no longer of any use to you, out-of-style clothing, rusty screws, a batch of old letters, mountains of paper, and so forth?

The tendency to hold on to outgrown, outworn, outmoded, and cherished items is proverbial.

While someone might want to keep a few souvenirs of happy times, basically it is fear that makes people cling to the things of the past. The thought that we may need these things in the future keeps us holding and hoarding, filling our organizers and attics with needless paraphernalia.

Orderliness and beauty are qualities of God, our perfect creator. Endeavoring to express His perfection in every facet of our lives, we will find this perfection being manifested in tidiness, orderliness, and productivity in our daily activities. The Holy Bible, always a source of inspiration, says, "Let all things be done decently and in order" (I Cor. 14:40).

Christ Jesus said, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself" (Matt. 6:34). He lived each day as it came. Food for those who came to hear him, necessary tax money, and places to rest were available as needed. He looked to God for every need, and there's no record of an accumulation of material things encumbering him in the process.

Later, St. Paul told the young Christian church at Philippi: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13, 14). Following the example of Jesus is shown here to include letting go of the past, and of the things of the past.

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