Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Out the Clutter

by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Clutter. We all have it. Sometimes it’s the stuff that piles up, gets in your way and seems to double in size when you’re not looking. You don’t have to qualify as a subject on a hoarder’s reality show to feel like you have too much stuff. Once those papers or magazines or things-you-need-to-keep-because-you-might-need-them-someday get too stacked up, it can be overwhelming. You don’t know where to start.

Then, there’s the emotional clutter. Maybe it’s in the form of guilt. Maybe it’s self-doubt. Maybe it’s the leftovers of an unhealthy relationship. That kind of clutter is harder to get rid of than a stack of old The Washington Post Sunday Editions. Just like the physical clutter, the emotional type slows us down, gets in our way and keeps us from freely moving about our lives.

What to do? Maybe it’s time for a good spring cleaning. Reflect upon and pray about what’s in your life that’s holding you back. Pray for discernment on how to get rid of the clutter that is blocking your relationship with God and your relationships with those whom you love.

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” What a great quote from Albert Einstein. To take that a step further, with simplicity comes clarity. How do we find that simplicity and clarity? A good way to start might be to meditate a few minutes a day on scripture. Here’s a good one to get you started:

Show me your ways, Lord,

teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior,

and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)


I’ll see you in church.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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