Ephesians 4:25-5:2 (NRSV)
25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice,32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
After seeing Marie Kondo on CBS Sunday morning, I decided to order her book entitled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. I've even tried some of her techniques and I'll have to say they work. Instead of folding my t-shirts and laying them flat in the drawer, I decided to try Marie Kondo's method (See the picture above).
The advantage to her way of folding clothes is obvious. You can see every shirt and pair of pants. After going through all my drawers and folding and organizing using Kondo's method, I ended up with an empty drawer. Besides helping me to move beyond always choosing the shirt that is on top of the pile (because I can see all of them clearly now) it saves space.
Kondo's method is about getting rid of those things that you never use and keeping only those things you love. One of her clients ended up with 48 large garbage bags of things she didn't need after going through her house. I suspect most of us would end up with that many bags or more.
Some of the things Kondo says in her book sound like spiritual lessons:
- "A dramatic reorganization of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming."
- "My clients always sound so happy, and the results show that tidying has changed their way of thinking and their approach to life. In fact, it has changed their future . . . when you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order too."
- When people declutter and organize, "They are surrounded only by the things they love . . . "Order," she says, "is dependent on the extremely personal values of what a person wants to live with . . . When you've finished putting your house in order, your life will change dramatically."
I hear the writer of Ephesians saying that I need to purge myself of all unnecessary things that don't reflect a life of love, peace, grace, and forgiveness. I think I have some housecleaning to do when it comes to being a follower of Jesus Christ. I suspect we all do. Think about it.