Recently a colleague introduced me to a book on simplifying your life by finding ways to de-clutter your environment and live a minimalist life. This got me to thinking about an old saying: ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. Many quote this as being a verse from the Bible. In fact, it is not in the Bible at all! However I believe there is actually a strong biblical truth connected with those words. You see, I don’t know about you but when my home is clean and most of all clutter-free, I feel a real sense of peace, calm, and mental freedom. There is something about mess and clutter that makes you feel clogged and lethargic. This is why having a right mind-set is so important.
When we worry or preoccupy our mind with stressful thoughts, our vision or outlook on life becomes cluttered, and we become overwhelmed by those thoughts. Allowing God’s Word to soak through our spirits by mediating on it will enable us to live mentally clutter-free.
Once you have taken the bold step of de-cluttering your environment, real success comes in maintaining it. Scanning your environment to ensure it stays clutter-free has to be a regular activity. Otherwise before you know it your environment will return to its original cluttered state or worse.
To ensure your mind remains clutter-free, you must meditate on God’s Word often, of which the Bible puts it so well in these verses: ‘How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word’ Psalm 119:9
So purpose today to make it a daily habit to de-clutter your mind, by daily furnishing it with the Word of God.