One of my current writing projects is putting together a book of devotionals with another busy mom like me. In fact, the book is full of devotionals for women like us, who are juggling families, friends, careers, friends, charitable activities, and more. Our biggest challenge is to write a story for every day of the year! Therefore, my coauthor Karen and I are looking for people to share their stories for the book. Here’s a sample of what we’re looking for:
“Why do you want to save all these books?” my husband asked recently as we were trying to condense some of the items we had stored in the garage. Books are like friends to me. If I’ve read a book that I dearly love, I can’t bear to get rid of it. But my husband sees them as unnecessary clutter. “Well, what about all this stuff you have in the garage?” I countered. Every tool known to mankind, partial cans of paint, and assorted containers of hardware had all been saved in the unlikely possibility that we might need them for some future home project. But to my husband, these things were much more useful than a bunch of old books.
Experts say that too much clutter can actually add stress to our lives. And I can attest that fighting about clutter isn’t very relaxing either. The Bible points out that the accumulation of things means that we place a high value on our possessions—sort of like worshipping false idols. When we become too attached to the “things” in our lives, they come to mean more to us than anything else—even God.
Is it time to sort through all the “stuff” you’ve accumulated over the years? I asked God to help me whittle down my book collection. What kind of clutter is standing between you and God? Make your relationship with him your dearest possession.
Do you have a story that you’d like to share for our devotional book? What happened, and what did you learn from it? As you can see from the example above, it doesn’t have to be a monumental occurrence. Sometimes the small events in our lives provide the greatest teaching experiences. Please send your stories to susan [at] susanheim.com, along with your contact information. We'd love to hear from you!