I have a confession to make. I have a “thing” for corners and bars. No, not those corners and bars! I am talking about the kind that is in my house.
I have this problem called procrastination. I hate that word because it sounds so evil and criminal, so I rarely admit to it. Right now my house’s corners and bars are very incriminating. Almost every corner and the bi-level bars in my kitchen are cluttered with items that I have put-off putting away. It’s amazing how a cluttered corner can become invisible the longer it holds its clutter. After a week or two, I don’t even see the stuff!
I confess I have a corner in my bedroom that has been cluttered for a long time and I just noticed it today when I went to put something else there and realized it was full. Guess what I will be doing tomorrow.
Believe it or not, I really hate clutter, you know, junk mail, things that need a “place,” something waiting to be fixed, boxed up, or just moved out of the house. Sadly, to get the mess cleaned up, it usually takes having company over or a meeting or a party here. I need to invite people over more and maybe the clutter would stay reduced and my bars always cleaned off! All it takes is for me to stack one day’s junk mail on the bar for tomorrow’s trash and before I know it the bars are full again in 3 days! So frustrating!! But when I take the time to clean out the corners and clear the bars I am so glad I did. The rewards of a de-cluttered home are great! My house is more organized and inviting and I am not ashamed or embarrassed when someone does drop by.
Another confession: there are times I let the bars and corners of my soul become just as cluttered and invisible. And all it takes is one over-looked moment of sin, and before I know it I have a whole mess to deal with. Or I cram a hurtful word spoken to me in a corner to deal with later and then go to put something else in my secret corner and there’s a heap of hurt, resentment, and bitterness already there.
I think it may be decision time. Decide with me to de-clutter those places of the soul that need cleaning out! No wonder the Psalmist said in Psalm 139 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” I need to expose my soul to God daily and ask Him to look for those hidden, crammed, piled up things. It feels really good when I do get those corners and bars cleaned out!