Is stuff taking over your mind and life? Too much stuff causes worry, anxiety and takes up too much of our time. Stuff can be emotional or physical things. I hate clutter and yet I end up with stuff everywhere in my house. If we are spending too much time, energy and money on our possessions then something needs to change. How many possessions does one really need? I’ve come to the conclusion that less is more!
“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” ~ Luke 12:15
Things that can complicate our mind and our life:
Difficult Relationships - Sometimes difficult relationships are allowed to become the focal point of our thoughts and take over or complicate our lives. Whether it be resentments held toward others or difficult family, friends or co-workers that we have to deal with frequently. Changing our attitude toward those types of relationships is the only way to gain control of our emotions. Perhaps we need to reduce our expectations of these people and focus our attention elsewhere.
Workplace – Work is probably one of the highest causes of stress in most people’s lives. An overbearing work environment can sap all of ones energy. Work should not be anyone’s whole life. Ask yourself if changing your job would help to simplify your life? If it would then take steps to make that happen. Learn new job skills, downsize your standard of living so you can earn less and still get by. Start saving money so you can make the change. Plan ahead and you can make it happen.
Home Life - Get your home life in order by eliminating chaos and clutter. Get everyone involved and make home and family a priority. Teaching everyone to respect each other and their space is important to creating harmony in the home. Decluttering your home will help to simplify your life.
Health Issues - Dealing with health issues is stressful but there are ways to navigate the complexities of medical problems so you can gain control. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, encouragement and prayers to get you and your family through a medical crisis. Accepting help from church members, friends and family is important. “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” ~James 5:14.
Money Problems - No matter what income level you fall into gaining control of your money is vital to every aspect of your life. Learning to manage what money you have and how to spend and save it is one of the most important things you can do.
Emotional stress can clutter your mind. Worrying about problems at home, work or ones health and money can easily overwhelm you and cause your mind to be overburdened with stress. But we can simplify our lives by changing how we think, where and how we live, and where we work. That is a goal we can ask God for help in achieving. Pray for guidance is searching for a new job, downsizing to a smaller home or for help in changing unhealthy emotions.
Gain control of your home. Get rid of excess stuff and organize what is left. It won’t happen overnight but the changes made will be an improvement and set you on the path to clutter free living. Decluttering our minds and our lives should be something we strive for everyday for better health and well-being!