I’m making strides at going paperless. I even have the Bible on my iPhone and I look up verses on the computer when I’m working at my desk. Of course there is no substitute for holding the bound version, but sometimes it’s nice to catch a verse on the run. It also feels good to de-clutter my office of all the little bits and pieces of paper that slow me down because of loss or misplacement. Where’s the phone receipt? The invoice for a bill that was due last week? The slip where I’m sure I jotted down an email address? Little by little I’m making progress.
I can apply this practice to my spiritual life too. So often I make things difficult by purchasing too many books that end up in piles, or promising friends that I will meet for coffee and prayer when I know I’m already over-committed. I need to settle down and put things in perspective. God doesn’t expect me, or you, to be perfect but he does encourage us to rest in him. When I do I can find what I need, discard what I don’t need or want, and have enough time to be with the people who matter to me.
That’s a good feeling. I want to hang on to it. How about you?