I recently read an article in the Lifestyle section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in which the reporter talked about the clutter that accumulates on her dresser and how that clutter affected her morning routine negatively (Sultan, Aisha, “The Trick To Organizing Flat Surfaces,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 26, 2017, H4). She ended up hiring an organization consultant to help her out, and the consultant told her to keep only those things that she truly used or wanted to look at every single day and remove all the rest. You can see the results in this before-and-after photo.
We all have “dumping grounds” where we put all our stuff. And at some point we need to go through it and get rid of the clutter so we can live in a calmer, more peaceful and more organized environment.
I think the same thing is true of our minds. We can let so many thoughts, worries, images, issues and comments clutter our minds that it is hard to really focus on what is important: our faith and our relationship with Christ. Thankfully, we have an organizational consultant to help us on this matter: St. Paul. He said,
Now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. —Colossians 3:8
Then he said:
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. —Philippians 4:8
Make it your morning routine to clear off all the unnecessary clutter from your mind and only think about “such things” above. Then your day is bound to go better, more smoothly and according to God’s plan for you.