I drive the Dallas North Tollway – a lot (just look at my monthly toll bill for proof). And there are a lot of wonderful buildings along the drive. I have done this for years (though what seemed way out there when I was in college, seems now just part of the metroplex) and I have seen buildings rise up along the way. One of my favorite structures is the iconic Providence Towers on Spring Valley. It’s simple and yet majestic aura, the arch in the center, and all it puts forth has been a joy to see every time I passed.
But through the years something has taken place. Progress. Not progress on the building itself but progress around the building. CocaCola, Chase, and other companies have moved into the area and new buildings have been constructed to meet the need. Now this is not bad in itself, for I work at a hotel that survives on business from these companies. But the buildings have risen so close to Providence Towers that it no longer stands alone in its splendor. The other buildings have blocked the view of the Towers, have lowered the bar of beauty, and basically just clutter up the area. Providence Towers is still there, you only have to look past other buildings to really see it.
Our Christian walk is like this. We have the most majestic and glorious God that deserves our worship. Yet we let so many things get in the way – block our view – and clutter up our lives. Matt Redman tells the story that his church realized it had let the happenings and extras distract way too much – so for weeks, they took away the instruments, the sound system, and they tried to get back to a simple focus. They eventually worked the other stuff back in, but the point was to realize we are to be participants – truly immersed in worship – and not consumers. That song – ‘The Heart of Worship’ emphasizes this.
When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come / Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart… / I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus.
What is getting between you and God? What blocks your view of His work, His majesty, and His Word? Maybe you need to get rid of some things and get back to what it really is all about.
So here are some general pointers
–Clarify what is the key mission – what your are trying to accomplish. This is not about what you are doing but the your goals.
–Evaluate what you are doing and determine if each item is helping you accomplish your mission.
–Simplify. If something is not an instrument to reach your mission, than stop doing it.
This seems simple, but it requires some serious self evaluation and prayer for wisdom. The Bible talks much of the prudent man – and I would say it is a great study to what the Word says. If you can take away the clutter, simplify the process, and bring clarity to why you do what you do, the rewards will be evident.
I really love seeing the Towers and I can’t do anything about the clutter. But I love Jesus oh so much more – and I will do something about the clutter that takes away from my worship of Him. Will you?