I haven’t watched the show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” yet, but I’ve heard good things. I haven’t watched it because I think I’ve lived it.
My dad had his own Tidying Up show while I was growing up called, “Throw It Out Immediately.” He’d constantly donate or get rid of stuff we weren’t using. The best day of his life was when we bought him a paper shredder.
We’re pack rats by nature. You could pay good money to find out the psychological reasons for why we hoard stuff, but I’ll give you my free analysis: we’re fearful.
We’re fearful that we may get rid of something we’ll end up needing in the future. And what if we may need it but we don’t have it? And then you can really spiral from there. “What if it costs money to buy it again? And what if we don’t have money? And what if the Black Plague comes back and my sweater from college is the only line of defense against the zombies?”
So we hold onto our stuff, and we never really outgrow the security blankets we had as kids.
I’ve often wondered what the deal was with the Israelites and the Manna in wilderness. God would send them Manna every day, but it would only last for that day, and it would immediately spoil by the next. Why God didn’t just send it down as a non-perishable item in plastic wrap?
I think it’s because God wanted them to have a daily dependence on him, with their food but also with their hearts. Manna spoiled because God was pointing to a bigger issue: all the things of this world spoil. They break, wear out, and become dead technology. When we hold onto what we were never meant to hold onto, we’re like hoarders thinking the 8-Track Player is going to make a comeback any day now.
We also hold onto grudges we can’t forgive, regrets we can’t let go of, and the fears that stop us from trying new things. All of it is weighing us down. We’re not meant to hoard when God is calling us to put daily trust in him. Have you ever said, “I thought I’d overcome this yesterday. Why am I feeling like this today?” It’s because it’s a daily surrender and an ongoing process.
It’s time to clear out the clutter in our homes and hearts. It’s not your job to right every wrong. It’s not your job to make others value you. It’s not your job to hold your life together.
If running late for many flights has taught me anything, it’s that it’s really hard to move forward when we’re towing baggage along.