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There’s an Elephant Under Your Rug

July 25, 2011

     Well, they had to send a search party for me, but I made it out alive.  There were a few moments when I wondered if I would make it, but I stayed strong and pressed on.  It was amazing when I finally saw the light of day.  I knew I had made it out of the wilderness.

     The wilderness that I was lost in was my daughters’ room.  To the untrained eye, the room looked clean on the surface.  But I knew better.  Lurking inside drawers, behind closet doors and under the bed was the harvest of busyness.

     In my last blog, I discussed the principle of sowing and reaping.  I pointed out that one of the harvests of busyness is clutter.  Clutter quite often is the refuse of a busy life.  We lack the time for the basics like making dinner and meal time together, how in the world can we have time to deal with the clothes that don’t fit, stacks of creative art work and bulging dresser drawers.  These things and much more are shoved onto the “when I get a chance” list.

       Our homes are filled with clutter, some more than others. The stacks and piles that decorate our homes may very well be just a representation of all that is left undone in our lives.  There is no time to deal with so much, so we sweep it under the proverbial rug.  Our lives never seem to get to the end of the rainbow where that magical free time appears, so we sweep.  We sweep and we sweep, putting off till tomorrow what we don’t have time for today.  All the while, the undone pile grows and grows under our rugs.  Before you know it, it is the size of an elephant.  I will confess, I think a herd of elephants live under my rug.

     For me, it is cleaning day.  I have drastically reduced my outside activities.  As I slow down, I am able to assess the “busy fallout” that lies in every room.  It borders on overwhelming, but I do know how to eat an elephant, one bite at a time.

     Is there an elephant under your rug?  Well it is time for a safari.  School is right around the corner.  The reality is that for most of us, the activity level is going to increase.  Do yourself a favor.  Slow down a little so that you can start taking some bites out of your elephant.  And when it is time to fill out your new fall schedule, remember to X out days for family time, but also X out some elephant eating time.  So grab your fork and knife and get to it.




4 Comments leave one →
  1. Pam Wolf permalink
    July 25, 2011 8:42 am

    I agree. Keeping “busy” with things takes a person away from the daily tasks that need done. In doing so the next thing we know is that we have been overtaken by the “clutter”. Then it looks overwhelming to conquer. So as you put it, start with a list and just do things one at a time until you get the list done. It might take a while to get it done. It didn’t get like this in one day and it isn’t going to get cleaned in one day. I want to be about my Father’s business and not the world’s busyness!

    • July 25, 2011 8:56 am

      You touched on a very profound point. Our busyness and the results (clutter) take us away from God’s business. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Judy permalink
    July 25, 2011 12:00 pm

    Another well-written and cleverly presented point.

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