Decluttering. Minimalism. Mindfulness. These current buzzwords are beloved by style gurus intent on telling us how to improve our lives.
‘Declutter’ they urge. You’ve got too many possessions. you can live with less. Clear out everything you don’t need.
You’re modern people living in modern homes. Away with your furniture, carpets, wallpaper, patterned fabrics, ornaments. Embrace bare walls, stripped floors, minimal furnishings.
Slow down. Live in the resent neither pining for the past nor yearning (or fearing) for the future. Today is what counts, is all we have, is all we’ll ever have.
Three modern commandments – declutter, minimalist, become mindful – but with one thing in common. They are all about making space. Space among our possessions. Space in the way de decorate our homes. Space in the way we live our lives.
On the whole, pretty good advice, perhaps. As far as it goes. But does it go far enough?
What are we to do with all the extra space we’ve cleared for ourselves? Does it remain empty, full of nothingness, a void? Do we fill it with… what?
By all means free ourselves of inessentials, of anything that doesn’t enrich our lives, of all our superfluities. But then, let’s look round at all the space we’ve gained and realise it need not remain an empty nothingness. That we can make a new space for Jesus to enter. A new space in which to walk with Him throughout the forty days of Lent, to Good Friday, to the Resurrection, and on to Pentecost and all that follows.