Thursday, January 6, 2011


“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Does your house get cluttered? How about your mind? How about life in general?

The Dictionary describes “clutter” as disorder that impedes movement or reduces effectiveness.

Oh yeah. I have a clutter problem.

Not that I don’t work on it all the time. I am always putting things away, trying to find a good place to store things, trying to organize stuff. And my thoughts. Organizing my thoughts is one of the most challenging things I do on a daily basis.

It’s hard, because I’m in a place in life where I’m forced to multi-task, and I am NOT a Multi Tasker. Not by nature. Definitely not by talent.

And here’s where I don’t tell you how I’m going to fix this. Because I’ve learned the hard way that there’s no easy fix for the clutter. There is no three step process that’s going to make it go away in short order. At least not for me. Like most things in life, it is a battle. A long term battle. It takes resolve. It takes strategy. It takes perseverance and courage.

And a whole lot of coffee.

I have learned to try and take it one hill at a time. If I try to clean up the whole battle field at once, I go down in flames every time. I know, I know, I’ve heard the speeches: people of faith are supposed to do “great things” for God. We’re supposed to “live victoriously.” And I realize I can do nothing without Christ. I really do. But you amazing and impressive human beings need to shut up for a minute and realize this: for some people, getting that one hill cleared is a great thing. It is a victory.

And to celebrate, we’re going to have some more coffee.

1 Corinthians 14:33
Peace to you.

© LW Publishing 2010


  1. I have done well with one area in one room of the house at a time...with a whole lot of Sterilite. I usually end up doing something else after about 5 minutes because I get distracted!

  2. Oh yes. All the beautiful distractions.

  3. Oh so right on Dave. I say embrace who you are in this!!!:) My theory is we need to enjoy the journey and the victory of unclutterdum. As they say "One Day at a Time". Let us not forget our victories as we ponder the next item on our list whether it be written or on our mind.

  4. Coffee all around! :-)

    Oh how I can sympathize. I too am in the "one spot at a time" philosophy. Today was a victory for me. I gutted the foyer closet (aka coat closet and general dumping ground for all things homeless) and organized said space. It was triumphant! One small step...


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