I’m not a neat-n-tidy type of person. I can be at work, I can be with other people’s stuff, but I’m just not in my own room. So when friends visit, I’ve gotten into the “nice” habit of throwing everything into the closet, hoping that’ll do the trick.
I physically shove things into the closet hoping no one will notice, hoping my stuff won’t fall out, hoping I don’t have to deal with it until later. So I push it off. I don’t clean up, I don’t organize, and I don’t throw out. Instead, I let it pile up in the closet – where I can’t see it, others can’t see it, and I don’t have to deal with it.
But when the closet is full, I can’t hide it away anymore. When the closet is full, people will see my clutter. When the closet is full, I am forced to deal with the mess of the situation.
When friends were coming over one day, I looked around my room, and knowing what was already in the closet, exclaimed: “Surely this can’t all fit too!” That’s when God clearly spoke to me, “You do the same thing with your thoughts.”
I so easily begin throwing thoughts into my “brain closet” for later use or for a quick-n-easy fix to the messy problem. But many thoughts I shove into my brain closet are, in reality, garbage for some reason I enjoy holding onto.
Through this situation, God clearly pointed out to me I need a major closet cleanup duty – not only in my physical things, but in my mental things as well. Sometimes it’s so effortless to shove ungodly ideas into the back of my mind, hoping nobody will notice. Sometimes it seems so simple to throw unhealthy meditations into my brain closet, assuming no one will see. Sometimes I prefer to accumulate sinful thoughts about others, anticipating none will find out.
God has opened my spiritual eyes to realize that though no one on earth can see my mental closet, He can. Though nobody in this world knows I’m piling up wicked thoughts about them in my head, He does. Though none upon this globe will have the insight into my corrupt reflections stored up as treasures, He will.
Though this is the season of spring cleaning physically, perhaps it is also time for a spiritual spring clean. I encourage you to clean out your brain closet from the “trash thoughts” that are so tempting to hoard. Here are ideas to get you started:
#1 – Thoughts about others: Instead of dwelling on frustrations, misunderstandings, or irritations about others and allowing these thoughts to turn into bitterness, forgive. If you let anger reside in your mental closet, not only does it turn a useful tool (the organization abilities of the closet) into a dirty object (an impractical junk area), but it also self-reproduces into a huge, nasty problem.
When used correctly, a closet is a very useful tool. It can be used to organize items we should keep. It can be used to maximize the otherwise small and non-useful space. It can be used to effectively reduce clutter. It is the same with our minds: God created them for good, so let us use them to His glory!