Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that you weren’t sure which way to go?
I can clearly remember a season where the lines of my roles began to smudge. Like a charcoal artist who blends one edge into another, the outward circumstances I was experiencing, my physical workspace, and every one of my life roles began to blur.
While some may consider the soft contours and shading to be a beautiful, breathtaking piece of art, the only thing I was left with was the breathless overwhelm of uncertainty and clutter.
As some thrive living with clutter, I have learned that most of us do not.
Mentally, clutter is a known culprit of distraction, stress, and anxiety, lowered productivity, and can even affect your mental health, aiding in the onset of depression. Clutter can also lower your immune system by adding stress to your physical body, making it harder to fight off viruses and infection.
And along with our mental and physical well-being, clutter has a significant effect on our spiritual lives, too.
What is spiritual clutter?
Spiritual clutter can be anything in your life that blocks or distracts you from stepping into your God-given identity and calling.
While we may think of decluttering as tidying up things in our physical spaces, there are also angles that we don’t see.
They are the things that bargain for your time, such as over-scheduling your calendar, binging Netflix, or mindlessly scrolling social media. However, good, well-intentioned acts can also be a source of spiritual clutter. Things such as overserving the church and taking on many roles in ministry can also be a distraction.
How Clutter Affects Us Holistically
To thrive in life, we must take great care in regularly evaluating our diversions.
God created us as holistic beings, body, mind, and spirit. Jesus spoke on this in Matthew 22:37 when he said that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind.
We were created to thrive in all three aspects, and when clutter affects one area of our essence, it involves the others.
3 Ways to Declutter Your Spiritual Life
“A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.”
Ecclesiastes 3:6, NIV
Spiritual decluttering is often connected to physical and mental decluttering. So let’s take a look at three simple and effective ways to declutter your spiritual life.