Faith & Inspiration

De-cluttering Your Heart

By Kelli Beaucage

Have you noticed that the older you get, the more cluttered your house becomes? Stuff accumulates through the years, gets packed away in boxes and takes up more and more space.

Our inner lives can become just as cluttered. As the years go by, frustrations, annoyances, anger, apathy, and compromise pile up inside of us, cluttering our souls. Sadly, just like the boxes packed away in our basements, our tendency is to tolerate it. No one wants to drag all that stuff out of the boxes. It's better left alone so we won't have to deal with it.

Many people allow inner clutter to mask their true identity, consequently never experiencing joy or contentment. But I can say from experience - this is not only self-defeating, it is definitely not God's will. God's plan is for us to experience joy and fulfillment. The Bible tells us that God's thoughts towards us are loving and good, and that He gives us hope for the future. Jesus said that one of the reasons He came was so that we could live life more abundantly.

God wants us to enjoy life. But to do so, we must be wiling to get rid of the clutter. Hindrances such as annoyances, bitterness and anger will prevent you from moving forward in life. Only you can make the choice to let it go.

Begin to envision your future optimistically as you free yourself of all the "stuff" that weighs you down. Sound overwhelming? It doesn't have to be when you realize you don't have to do this alone.

God will guide you on the path towards joy and fulfillment, if you will ask Him. No matter how complicated your life has become, no matter how much clutter has accumulated over the years, He will empower you to let it all go. He will show you the path to simplicity, joy and true fulfillment. It's all there for the asking.

Kelli Beaucage is a freelance writer and ordained minister. She and her husband, Leonard, pastor a church in Saskatchewan, Canada. If you would like to interact with her about this article, e-mail: Len & Kelli Beaucage

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