Emotions are a lot like clutter… the cluttered objects are useful, but when they get in the way of our life they become hazardous and confusing.
A few weeks ago I posted a blog about clutter called Clear The Clutter if you haven’t read it I suggest you check it out before moving forward.
As I was wrote about clutter in my life a few weeks ago it started out as a post about my schedule (and maybe yours). However, as I began writing I realized that we all have clutter and it’s not just a cluttered schedule, but in fact MUCH more. I wish you could see my notes in this topic… the lists just begin and seem to never end. After making list after list of types of emotions, emotional responses, and behavioral reactions… I’ve come to the conclusion that much of who we are is shaped by our emotions; yes, both good and bad. Now, this isn’t a new discovery for me or you, we know it to be true… but I’ve recently learned that my emotions often get cluttered and therefore take on the same characteristics as physical clutter.
As I enter into what people call the “most wonderful time of the year”, and it should be the most wonderful time… we must be aware of our emotional clutter. My cluttered emotions can make it a not-so wonderful time…
When our emotions aren’t in the proper place, they begin to distract us from the mission. They change the way we view the mission of Jesus. Even further, our emotions shape our behaviors around our family and friends.
Starting with Thanksgiving and rolling through New Year celebrations, you and I will both gather with family and friends. We will spend time with the people we love more over the next few weeks than any other time of the year… At least that’s how my family works. The enemy wants nothing more than to stir all of those dirty, and confusing emotions about your family, your friends, and your past. He wants to have you emotionally spent when you interact with your family.
The way I see it, it’s like he comes into our house and shakes everything up… then I have no choice but to react to a cluttered house in ways that are unhealthy and distracting from the Mission of Jesus.
How to deal with it?
When I see clutter or when it becomes unbearable to me, I often want to throw up my hands and say “oh well”… “it’s out of control”… but I know I have to just start somewhere… just start picking up the toys… cleaning the dishes… or sweeping the floors… Just start somewhere. This isn’t a natural response for me, but rather a learned response…
Gaining control of my (our) emotional clutter is the same way… it’s a learned response… not a natural response. It all starts with Him (Jesus, the Holy Spirit) and His scriptures. Just pick up His Word, and let all of those emotions be put back in their proper place by His Spirit.
I love how Romans 12 puts it…
[12:1] I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)
It ALWAYS starts with the renewal of our mind… In fact, God wants to transform those cluttered emotions into healthy emotions that are in their proper place… He wants us to be dependent on Him this Christmas season.
Start with the Word
Here is a plan that guides you through some Scriptures about Christmas: YouVersion.com.
My goal this Christmas season is to not let my cluttered emotions get the best of me… I want to be controlled by His Spirit, not my past and all the emotions that come with that past. But, I’m ready for the fight that satan is going to bring… Let’s go!