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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: Clutter
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01/23/06


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How come we don’t realize how messy our homes get till we find out company is coming over? Now, I’m not talking about the obvious messes like when your three year old has flooded the bathroom out of her new found interest in how the commode works or when your two year old has decided that she should display her artistic talents all over the walls (not that I would know anything about that). No. I’m talking about the little things that pile up over time without us even realizing it. We get so used to seeing it, that it becomes part of the new décor of the house. Maybe it’s clothes that we’ve laid over the treadmill with intentions of picking them up later. Treadmills are good for that. Don’t you agree? Do you have projects left undone, dust, towels left on the bathroom floor, or junk mail that you intend to go through? The truth is that most of us simply have too much stuff and clutter has taken over!

This is how sin works in our lives. If left unattended, sin becomes more acceptable and it will become part of the décor of our hearts. When we invite the Holy Spirit to stay not only as a guest, but as a permanent resident in our hearts, He will show us those things that hinder our relationship with Him. God desires to do a new thing? Sometimes we get so content to live in the mess we are in that we don’t see that God sees so much more potential for us than what our human eyes can see for ourselves.

Archbishop Veron Ashe says, “When we meet people flesh to flesh we meet people mess to mess.” You see, God knows the secrets of the heart. There’s no throwing our mess in a closet and closing the door where He is concerned. He knows our every thought. God not only desires, but commands us to cultivate a passion in our hearts for holiness. I have to tell you that after viewing The Passion of the Christ, I walked away with a renewed desire to seek His face and all that He has to offer. He has so much more in store for us than our minds can comprehend. I don’t know about you, but I have some spring cleaning to do!


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Marilyn Schnepp 01/30/06
The subject being "space" - I assume the clutter is taking up space. Shorter paragraphs would make this piece more "reader friendly". Thanks for sharing.
Nina Phillips01/31/06
I actually enjoyed the tad bit of humor in your story and definition. I do think you were speaking of clutter taking up space, and having built up mess in our lives. I liked the time for spring cleaning! Bout that time..fer sure! God bless ya, littlelight
jennifer grigg01/31/06
I know alot about those pin marks on the back of the non-treated leather chair, and the pennies embedded in the computer's floppy slot. The idea is expressed through widely understood examples. This is good, but I felt that the flow was off. Expecially in the opening paragraph. God bless, Sein