Clearing the Clutter

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Stuff is a distraction.

You see, the things begin to own us. We must organize them, maintain them, and replace them when they break.

A YouTube blogger who makes a good living presenting car videos showcased a 15-year-old luxury sport coupe. The car was perfection in the extreme, and while still expensive, only came in at a quarter of its original cost.

His closing comment was, “This is the best car you can get at this price in this segment when it works.”

The host knew how expensive a used car can be, especially when it comes to maintenance. Yet, in a similar video, he reviewed a comparable car by a different maker that he’d just bought the day before for his personal vehicle, spending enough money to buy a luxury home.

Who’s digging a money pit for whom?

1 Peter 5:6-7 says our distractions get in the way of improving our lives.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Can we afford to take the family on vacation, or is our “stuff” stealing all our funds?

Have we overcommitted to the clutter that surrounds us, or can we see the freedom that tossing it out can give us?

A different YouTube blogger saved for a $70,000 down payment on an exotic Italian sports car. In a recent video, he reports he’s owned it for three years. His payments are reasonable. The upkeep’s not. His cost (not including the payments) over the three years has totaled upwards of $40,000.

God wants us to lighten our load. He’s willing to do his part, but it’s time for us to clear the clutter in our lives, so our Lord can exalt us to a higher place in his kingdom.

Casting off our stuff and its cares allows us to draw closer to Christ.

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