Tuesday, June 9, 2020

KonMari that ball of confusion

Fifty (50!) years ago the Temptations released "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)" which climbed to #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Given 2020 so far, is that still an apt description?

I'm weary from information overload. So much of it is negative, angry, blaming, divisive, polarizing, etc. We're tossed to and fro and often don't know what to believe, with source A conflicting with source B and everything in between.

Seems so complicated. It's like when you resolve to clean up your house and then you look in the closet and see such a huge mess that makes you discouraged and you don't know where to begin.

In times like these, we need to apply the KonMari method and Kondo-ize that ball of confusion.

In case you're scratching your head, Marie Kondo is a well-known organizing consultant who has written books, articles, and hosted a series on Netflix about the art of tidying up. The Wikipedia description of her method, known as "KonMari," reads:

Kondo's method of organising is known as the KonMari method, and consists of gathering together all of one's belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that "spark joy" and choosing a place for everything from then on.

Let's do that with the Ball of Confusion we face.  It boils down to what Jesus said when asked to name the most important commandment.  He named a couple of things:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12:30-31, NIV)

It begins with each of us, at the simple, individual level: we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

But what exactly is meant by "love?"

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..."   (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)

Loving our neighbor as ourselves will "spark joy," to use Marie Kondo's words.

And examine ourselves to get rid of all the "belongings" we don't need. Some examples:

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen...  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice."   (Ephesians 4:29,31)

Love our neighbors as ourselves?  That's it? Seems too simple, maybe naive? Yet this came from the wisest person to ever walk the earth, the only one without sin. If it perhaps wasn't easy for Him given His human side and dealing with people every day, then for sure it will be even harder for us.  But if we stumble along the way, Jesus is there to help us up; and through Him we will persevere.

Love our neighbors as ourselves - the answer to tidy up that ball of confusion!

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