I will admit that I’m not as organized as I would like to be. I can usually find everything I’m looking for, but I often regret how much time I’ve wasted having to look for it.
Clutter is a big concern for many people. Even if it’s not the disorderly assemblage on a work desk or the physical clutter in a disorganized, jam-packed room, clutter is a huge dilemma for most people.
In our society, constant noise has become prevalent. On the days that I teach at the university, I can easily note that not less than 95% of the students that I observe meandering to class have headphones pressed tightly against their ear canal. On occasion, some of these same students attempt to listen to lecture in class, contribute to the class discussion, and maintain a sense of connectivity to their music with one ear bud secured in place.
Unlike the clutter clearly visible on a desk in disarray or a compacted room, there is the mental and emotional clutter that seems to flourish without much visibility. Similar to the clutter produced by a noisy environment, mental and emotional clutter can cause us to become distracted and unaware. And when we are distracted and unaware, we will miss the intricate details and softly-spoken directives that God is giving us regarding our purpose. Continue reading