“So, on October 2* the wall was finished – just fifty-two days after we begun…. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God” Nehemiah 6:15…16(NLT)
The longer I put off doing what I know I should do; the deeper I dig myself into a hole. I sort of get paralyzed and move farther away from necessary chores. Before I know it, days turn to weeks, to months, to years. But, lately with all the deaths and the lingering quarantine, I am reminded this precious life is not a dress rehearsal. I need to stop procrastinating and light a fire under my “you know what.” If not a fire, at least fan a little smoke to get me moving. So, He did. As I opened my Bible, I was moved to read Nehemiah again and this time found new inspiration in the words. Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem in fifty-two days, when it should have taken him years. But, according to Nehemiah, he succeeded because the gracious hand of God was upon him (Nehemiah 2:18). So, I thought if the gracious hand of God was upon Nehemiah, then I am going to ask God to put His gracious hand upon me and help me get major decluttering done. My tasks seem as big as building a huge wall. I completed a decluttering effort in 2018. But, that time I was kind of scared to throw away stuff I thought I might need. Now, two years later, I have not used the stuff I was scared to throw away. So, my goal this time is to get rid of anything I have not used in years. Room by room.
I started today, October 26, 2020. I cleaned out one drawer in the kitchen. Sounds small; but, it gave me a big sense of accomplishment. It felt so good, I am looking forward to tackling drawer number two tomorrow. Again, a small start, but I am claiming God’s gracious hand is upon me, giving me the strength to complete it all. Twelve areas.
My challenge ends, December 16th. This gives me a chance to put a dent in the decluttering before Thanksgiving with the big reveal before Christmas. As time goes on, I will share specifics, as to how I am stepping up my game plan. But now, I am taking baby steps. Just excited I finally got that kitchen drawer organized and threw out all those plastic spoons, forks, soy sauce and duck sauce packets from Chinese takeout we never use. Thinking back, maybe I was scared to throw them away, too.
So, why not join me? I am calling this my “Nehemiah Challenge.” Just pull out your calendar, circle a date you want to begin and then count out 52 days to see when it ends. Then, let me know how you are doing via Facebook or my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can aim for less clutter, more peace.
Dear God, give me clarity, motivation, and strength to discard things that no longer serve my family. I am ready to fully experience the freedom that comes with less. Thank You Father, Amen, Amen, Amen!