It started a few years ago when I decided that my life was too cluttered with stuff. It wasn’t just the stuff in my garage or in my attic, it was stuff in my head and in my heart. Too many non-essential things just kept me busy but weren’t really productive. If these things were people, they would be the typical time-wasting acquaintances that just want to take up time and bore you to death. So, in a proverbial way, I got a big dumpster and started to dump. I put ideas and issues into a category that mattered and made another category for things that don’t matter. The things in the ‘Don’t Matter’ category were those things that either made no sense to me or didn’t have a productive output in my life. I realize now that the category of the ‘Things that Matter’ can get out of hand, but that is for another blog.
Let me give you just a few items in the Don’t Matter category:
1. The media. Nothing the media says is of any value because they are simply parroting what they are told and they put their own spin on what they report to you. It is a waste of time. It is dumpster worthy. If you don’t take time to read and process what our world is doing today, you probably shouldn’t be watching the news. You are only being lied to and programmed. Enough said. Dumpster!
2. Theological issues that you can’t answer and really were not ever permitted to answer. An example would be the return of Jesus Christ. I read so much speculation about this. Jesus told us two things about His return:
• Watch and pray (in other words, always be ready)
• No man knows the hour or the day, but He will return like a thief (unannounced)
All other speculation is not worth your time unless it makes you feel good that you might know something other Christians may not. The term for that is Gnosticism (secret knowledge). Many other themes are Biblically false, simply because we have married scripture with culture and made a hybrid gospel. Dumpster!
3. People who are toxic are a dime a dozen. Toxic people are those who want to control you by their thinking, their influence, or their beliefs. They do not serve others … they want to dominate others. They have an idea, a cause, or a purpose to make your life miserable unless you bend a knee to their thinking. There is no freedom to be different in your opinion or in your point of view because you are just plain wrong … and that’s it. Welcome to the 21st Century. People who think like this let their cause consume them and it becomes their god. Toxic people have a hidden agenda, and it doesn’t have you at the center. Dumpster!
My wife keeps reminding me that as long as we live in this world we will be continually filling up dumpsters with worthless things that plug up our lives. I realize this isn’t a one-time cleaning event but a daily practice of keeping our lives as free as we can keep them can be from things that Don’t Matter. Dumpster!
Now, let’s talk about the things that do matter. These are the things that make life worth living and have meaningful outcomes. Let me start with what Jesus said He considers important:
Matthew 25:21 The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!
What was important to Jesus? Our faithfulness in all things, especially the smaller things. The greatest purpose and intent in our daily life that will bring significant meaning is to be faithful to our creator and redeemer. Our time and energy need to be spent with what we know pleases God. Unwavering faith, no compromise, undeterred proclamation, and resistance to what corrupts and turns us from God. Faithfulness is a huge characteristic for the follower of Christ, so why do we spend so little time on developing it? Is it because it is routine and mundane and not nearly as exciting as the more sensationalist speculation?
The question we need to perpetually ask is, “Does it matter?” And after some deliberation, you discover it doesn’t matter then dumpster it, and be free of its clutter in your life.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler