Declutter: Discover What’s Most Important
Have you ever felt like life is just really full sometimes?
work commitments and deadlines
homework and school projects
heartache and pain
school lunches to pack
endless piles of laundry
fun events to attend with friends
relationships that need to be mended
dishes to clean
budgets to manage, bills to pay and taxes to prep
favorite TV shows
personal goals and dreams
books to read
I could go on. And on. Life can seem full to the max and even cluttered with things screaming their importance—check the box now, accomplish this task now, feed me now, take me here now, watch this now. The demands and to do lists and commitments never stop competing for first place in our lives.
So what do we do when life is cluttered?
And cluttered doesn’t necessarily mean everything taking space is “bad”—in fact, many things are good and even necessary. But what’s most important? When life is crazy and hard to handle and it feels like you just can’t find time time or catch a break, what is the most important?
This month, we’re going to declutter our homes, our lives and our hearts, and together discover what’s most important.
At the end of the day if we didn’t get it all done, would it be ok?
If our lives weren’t Pinterest perfect would we still be enough?
If we had to say “no” in order to say “yes” would we be ok?
When my heart and mind and life feel cluttered, I feel stressed, easily frustrated, and often don’t know where to start with mile-long to do lists and responsibilities. Clutter makes me feel somewhat paralyzed…like “this is the worst thing ever”…
I love this reminder in Lamentations 3:28-30, “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst.”
As we dive into our new series, Declutter, I want to challenge each of us to “go off by ourselves” and “enter the silence”. Why? If we truly want to discover what matters most, we have to be able to stop, think, and talk with God. If our hearts and minds are filled to the brim, we won’t be able to cut through the noise to hear what He is saying to us. Clear your heart and mind. And as you wait for HOPE to appear in the midst of the madness, remember you’re not alone.
We’re cutting through the noise and the clutter together. We’re not on this journey alone—together we’re becoming who God made us to be.
Friend, are you ready? What needs to be decluttered in your heart? Your mind? Your home? Your relationships? Your life? I’m excited to lean into this series to keep the main things in my life the main thing, truly discovering what’s most important.
How can I be praying with and for you on this journey? Email me and let me know! I’m excited to be on this journey together, becoming who God made us to be!
Here we go!
– Emily Cummins
Author: Emily B. Cummins
Emily Cummins is a University of Florida & College of Central Florida grad who is passionate about partnering with people to become who they were made to be. Emily is the Online Campus Pastor at Church of Hope in Ocala, Florida. She’s passionate about storytelling, good cups of coffee, and jamming to country music. And most importantly, she’s passionately pursuing becoming the woman God made her to be.