I’m Tyler Speegle and I’ve been calling this little URL my home since 2014. Since then, I’ve spent time writing articles here, as well as places like The Huffington Post, The Blaze, Relevant Magazine, and others.
Today, our little family of four lives in Charlotte, NC and we call Elevation Church home. Life is full and fast these days which is why I’m doing my best to keep my soul light and my rhythms slow. Which leads me to the topic of…
Decluttering Your Soul
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of having my mood dictated by social media. I’m sick of letting my phone steal my joy. And I’m exhausted by my soul’s constant desire of “more” and the pressure caused by comparison.
All of this complexity has created a craving in me for simplicity — even with my faith. I want the peace and joy that I know is mine through Christ, but the realities of my responsibilities often leave me feeling overwhelmed and overstretched — that’s not to mention the regret I feel about all of the things I feel like I should be doing that I’m not.
Rather than taking every thought captive, I’m allowing my thoughts and feelings to take me captive.
This realization sparked a journey that I’m still on today. I have a lifetime to go in learning to live a more intentional, vision-driven life, but I’m starting to understand that no one has ever lived a more intentional, vision-driven life than Jesus.
He understood things at the deepest level possible, yet He communicated in ways that anyone could understand. He knew who He was, what He was here for, and He lived every moment with that end in mind.
The size of His mission didn’t limit Him. Rather, it provided Him with clear opportunities He pursued with laser focus.
This is why I don’t think we really need to do less; rather we need to do more of what matters.
We don’t need to just declutter our closets. We need to declutter our souls.
We don’t simply need to hack our behaviors, habits, and practices — we need to become new creations in Christ and receive a new heart from which those practices can flow from.
Above all, we need to live with clearer priorities and more intentionality.
We need to stop. To slow down. To ask for wisdom. To be present and to process things with God’s Spirit. To make choices that don’t just make us feel good, but are good.
I don’t believe there’s a perfect solution or formula for fighting this battle, but I do feel a very real conviction for taking it seriously.
I’m committed to decluttering my soul and living out God’s vision for my life. Wherever you find yourself in life I hope I can encourage you in your own everyday battles with feeling overstretched, overwhelmed, and anxious.
If you’re constantly fighting back distraction. If you feel like you’re in a never-ending battle against hurry. If your soul often feels overwhelmed and overstretched, I hope you’ll join me on this journey.
Let’s fight this battle together. I think our future selves will thank us.
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