Do you “KonMari?” Welcome to 2019’s newest viral obsession. The best selling book “the life changing magic of tidying up: the japanese art of decluttering and organizing” by Marie Kondo had been turned into a reality tv series on Netflix called “Tidying Up.” In the show, Marie Kondo helps people organize their homes and as a result declutter the interior of thier lives as well. Her method is based on touching each item and deciding whether to keep it or let it go by asking this question, “Does it spark joy?”
Like many of the people on the show, most of us can be overwhelmed with the idea of even starting such a project. Aside from our perusal lives, we also are responsible for a spiritual household. It too often needs reorganizing and decluttering. There are projects and missional assignments that await and yet we don’t know where to begin. Maybe we can begin by looking at the things before us and asking the question, Does this (objective, assignment, obligation, etc) “spark joy?”
Psalm 16:11 reminds us of the source of joy: "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Joy is directly connected to our awareness of His presence in our lives. I think is is why Moses said to the Lord "“If your presence is not going with us, don’t make us leave this place” (Exodus 33:15 GW). Nehemiah understood this as well. He encouraged the people as they were mid-way through their rebuilding project with the reminder, “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV).
Improving in this new year may require for you to look at the projects and plans before you and asking the Lord if the is joy in it. If so, you’ll have the strength to complete it and the promise of His presence through it.
Netflix series "Tidying Up” - https://konmari.com/pages/netflix