Clutter…. I don’t like it. But you’d never know judging from the current upheaval in my bedroom. There’s a mountain of mail on the desk, file folders to be put away, and non-urgent letters and junk mail by the nightstand that need to be sorted through. Oh, did I mention the random assortment of items on the floor that are clumsily out of place? Sad to say the kitchen, guest room, and basement are in a similar state. And a laundry list of things that need to be done in and around the house has not been touched for going on ten months now.

Writing Living Backward has been such an all-consuming task, the notion of having a neat and tidy Better Homes house has all but fallen by the wayside. But not without any good coming out of it. God has taught me that a clean and sparkling house does not change and will never change anyone’s life. Neither will it impact someone’s eternal future. But there’s the hope and prayer that the contents of Living Backward will be a catalyst to transform many lives. So during this most fulfilling season, I’ve learned to embrace more fully the importance of focusing on the things that matter most. I may be wrong, but I think it is Randy Alcorn (one of my favorite authors) who refers to this as “intentional neglect.” So…getting rid of the clutter can wait just a few more weeks.

What do you need to intentionally neglect today?

Scripture to meditate on:

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

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