Most of us, even as Christians, have a hard time embracing change, even good change. Nothing proves that more than deciding to organize your life.
You look around at the clutter or pick up an object you no longer use or have space for. How can you give up something familiar, comfortable, and has great memories attached to it?
Do you have an unhealthy relationship to objects within your space?
I was hoping you could think of a room, a box, a drawer, a closet, some space in your home that’s makes you feel overwhelmed. Maybe there are handbags you can’t use because they’re worn or shoes. You know the ones. They were your favorite pair. If you’d known they would be that comfortable, you would have bought a dozen pairs! But, you wore them to death, and although you can’t wear them anymore, there they sit, taking up space.
You tell yourself you want to get organized, throw things away, and make more space, but new shoes are bought, and you keep pushing those old pair of shoes to the side.
What’s happening is that you’re trying to fit old habits and concepts/beliefs into making a new space. You can move stuff around, put them in bins, push it to the back of the closet, pile stuff on top of it, but nothing’s changed.
MAKING CHANGES THAT LAST
It’s like the movie Groundhog Day where a weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. Your place is a mess. You organize. You feel great. Days, weeks, or months later, it’s a mess again. And you start the process all over again.
There is only one way for you to stop the endless cycle of organizing the same spaces year after year. It would help if you took the time to understand the mental, emotional and spiritual work involved in creating and maintaining your new space.
WHAT WINE HAS TO DO WITH ORGANIZING
Forty-two times throughout the Word of God, you are promised the blessing of the new wine He wants to fill in you. This is a picture of God’s Spirit, and this wine is expansive. When dealing with the clutter in your life, think of it as pushes against the thought patterns that keep you hanging on to things that no longer serve you.
It’s your new thoughts (new wine) that will take you from feeling overwhelmed, trapped, and disorganized and usher in peace and calm as you live clutter-free.
As you begin to adopt a new thought process (new wine) to fit the new space (new wineskins).
You repeat to yourself and stories you tell yourself every time you have a difficult time letting go of something that won’t create a new space. Allow God to transform and change you.
Jesus instructs us that when He does a new thing in our lives, it cannot be made to fit into the old order, which is familiar because to do so would be destructive to both the old and the new. That’s why the clutter keeps coming back.
When you Organize His way, what He brings is new, fresh, and transformational.
Change doesn’t start with just moving or throwing things away. It starts in your mind. Your thought process – that’s the new wine. The renewing of your mind transforms you.
You might want to have an organized space to find things and feel peaceful, but Jesus’ role is to bring the revelations, insights, and healing needed for the transformation to occur.
When you change, there’s a ripple effect that starts in you and touches everyone in your life. Transforming a space is just the beginning of greater life changes that occur. New spaces give you room for more family time. As your family grows closer, relationships are restored.
Prepare For His Presence
Think of your home (not just your closet, drawer, or pantry) as the container. If it’s filled with useless objects, it is essentially dead space. As a child of God, your home and your spaces must be prepared for the fresh, dynamic, living presence of God.
Transform Your Mind
Why is this so critical? Because everything you do will flow from that new wine. And the new wine is your thoughts and changed behavior(s). God’s new wine always brings change. It will expand your faith, enlarge your purpose, and bring renewed vision.
Trust and Surrender
Forcing the change or transformation is not possible, and it is futile! God does not force His change upon you. When you trust and surrender to His lead, He makes all things beautiful. When you trust and submit to God’s orderly direction, then your spaces become more functional and beautiful. This transformational process is truly just the beginning of greater blessings in your life.
Ask, Seek and Prepare
Ask Jesus to reveal to you if there is anything in your life that is holding you back from pursuing a whole new you. God is not into old wineskins; it is up to you to shed them. As you seek Him in this season, shedding the old wineskin and ask God to prepare your heart for what’s to come fully.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”
Isaiah 43:19-21, NIV
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