Our minds can become cluttered with anxiety, worry, depression, and stress to the same degree that a hoarder's home is filled with boxes, food, garbage, and excess furniture. You can watch the TV show Hoarders and question, "How could anyone live that way?" without realizing that you too may be living with similar excess only its in your mind and not in your home.
Clutter will deplete you from living the purpose God has set for your life. It'll cause you to feel burdened rather than blessed, and exhausted rather than energized.
3 Ways to Help you De-Clutter:
1. Empty you of you…
…so that you may be filled with more of Him. God wants to replenish you. He can only work in you to the degree that you give him space and allow him to do so. If you’re full of your own dreams, desires, priorities, pride, worries, or To Do's he won't have much space to work with.
You may have heard or sang this song by Chris Sligh:
Empty me of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition and the poison of my pride
And any foolish thing my heart holds to
Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you
For the entire song go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0e0WEkxj58.
2. Keep it simple.
Over complicating the process will keep you from the focal point; who is Jesus.
In the Old Testament God gave Moses 10 Commandments for the Israelites to follow. The Jewish leaders then created their own commandments to 'help' them follow those given by God. If they couldn't follow God's original commandments, what made them think they could keep even more?
But Jesus simplified it all for us when he said,
Matthew 22:37-39 (VOICE)
"Love the Eternal One your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is nearly as important, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
As Pastor Monica preached in her message, Simplify: Put Down The Spoon.
"Life will get crazy and chaotic and confusion sets in when we let something other than Jesus become the focal point. You’ll get anxious, you will get depleted when you let other things clutter up and take away your focus from the ultimate, who is Jesus."
3. Place your value and identity in God alone.
You're valuable and worthy because God says you are. Stop seeking it in your work, your performance, your possessions, your body, or your kid's achievements. All of these are all of value, however they are not where your value and identity are found.
Ephesians 2:10 (VOICE)
For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.
How to practically Replenish in 2015?
Spend time with God. It may be a 10-minute morning devotional. The DEVOTED books given by City Life are simple daily devotions to kick start your heart with Christ. Read your bible. Talk to you God. Journal to Him. Go for a nature walk. Listen to worship music or a podcast while getting ready in the morning or while driving to work. Pray and let your requests be known to God. Thank God for all that he has already done.
Replenish with relationships. Get connected with those who rejuvenate you by joining a small group. Here you grow with people who have similar interests. Serve on a team and be a part of building God’s house and transforming lives together. Having a mentor or a 'running partner'. Running partners are those who know where you want to grow in Christ and encourage you to keep running with Him. If you’re married be sure to date your spouse. This time alone is not only valuable; it's necessary to continue building a healthy and fun marriage.
- Take care of your body by eating well and exercising. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. For it is God who works in you to act according to His good purpose, however if your body is not well, you may not be able to carry out all that he has called you to do. What a tragedy that would be. Eating well means eating whole foods like more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, beans and legumes, and healthy fats like nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocados. You don’t have to do it all at once. This month, just add a fruit or vegetable to each meal. Next month switch your refined white breads and pastas with whole grain options. Imagine if you did one new health habit a month where you’d be in one year. Exercise is as simple as moving your body. You could go for a 20min walk, do an aquaerobics, yoga or boot camp class. It can start as simple as 2 times/week in January and then gradually build it up to 3-5 days/week over the next few months.
Join us this Sunday at City Life Church as we continue our series Simplify: From Exhausted to Energized. Catch up on our weekly audio and video series online or on the City Life Church app.