We all have them. The shirt we wish we hadn’t bought hanging in the closet looking old and lonely. The makeup brushes we bought because we couldn’t afford the ones we wanted, rolling off the sink because the clutter of our personal belongings matches the clutter of our minds. The coat we bought at Walmart for $10 because it was a cold night and we hadn’t brought a coat and it was “only $10 dollars.” doomed forever to haunt our closets and minds with “but I paid $10 for it” guilt.
The mess of unfinished dreams because we don’t believe in ourselves enough to finish them, so we just keep adding new dreams.
The paraphernalia of 5 different endeavors because we can’t go after the one we truly want more than anything else.
Or maybe it’s not us. Maybe it’s others. Maybe you’re in an environment so stifling to your creativity and personality that you’re doing all kinds of things that are not truly YOU because you’re longing for a way to express the voice that God gave you. But you can’t.
Getting out of an environment that is constructed so that what others think God’s best for you is maximized, and at the same time minimizes the role of the His voice in your life, is important.
Second, whether the decisions are small or big, realize that they all matter. Every decision about which class to take, which road to take, which coat to buy, which item to return and what to donate, keep and discard, they all make up the quality of your life and who you are. Regarding buying, returning and keeping, we tend to accumulate a lot of clutter. The best book I’ve ever read about clutter is “Clutter’s Last Stand,” by Don Aslett. In this book, Don talks about the link between cluttered closets and unfulfilled dreams, dreams God gave you. It’s not as far of a leap as you might think.
Stuff robs us of our joy. It robs us of brain energy and space. It robs us of peace. It reminds us of the $20 and $50 and $100 we should not have spent and drags us down with guilt. It keeps us from making space for quietness, or making space for the thing we should have bought in the first place.
Just as CS Lewis says that heaven is all music and quietness, and this world is full of neither, but has replaced both with noise and chaos, the place we call home should be filled with useful and beautiful things, and quiet clean spaces. I am as far from this ideal as most humans who live in an affluent society. The cheapness of stuff enables us to fill our homes with useless, breakable empty things.
Dejunk your life, Aslett urges. Dejunk the inside and the outside. Fly with all engines on and minimum baggage. Throw off the weights that handicap you. Learn to fly.