Yes, I am THAT person. I currently have 22,274 unread email messages in my personal Gmail account. Oh, and apparently 28 apps that need updated. The thing that I love most about the web version of Gmail is that it files your emails as they come in, as “Primary”, “Social”, and “Promotions”. Most of these twenty-two thousand unread emails that I have sitting in my phone are junk. But for some reason I can’t let them go.
Usually one of the first things I do in the morning is check my email. I quickly glance over all the social and promotion emails and sort through to the “Primary” items I care about. From time to time, buried in the mix, I’ll miss an important email because I clearly have subscribed to far too many distribution lists that I care absolutely nothing about.
This morning as I opened my Gmail account from my phone I started clicking on the items that I will never read. Usually at the very bottom of the email, in tiny print, there is an “Unsubscribe” link. I started unsubscribing to these emails to declutter my inbox going forward.
For example, I subscribe to this amazing blog that sends a monthly newsletter but also a daily devotion. But I never actually find time to read it! Once I clicked the link to unsubscribe it asked me if I was SURE I wanted to not receive these emails going forward. I started contemplating, having a conversation with myself about how I really do enjoy reading the emails- when I find the time! I debated on whether I was actually sure! Crazy, right?!
If I can’t let go of an email subscription that I haven’t read in MONTHS, how much more difficult is it to “unsubscribe” to the other things in my life that are just clogging up time and space.
I started thinking about the people and things I’ve “unsubscribed” to in the past year. As I’m moving into a new season of my life, with so many changes, I’m reminded that everyone can’t go with you to the next level! Additionally, you have to let go of some habits and behaviors in order to get to what really matters. What is most important in your life?
Sometimes I’ll get an email in my “Social” box from Twitter regarding an account that I don’t even use anymore. From time to time, I’ll open it to see what it says- just in case I’ve been hacked! Most times it’s a summary of what’s going on in the Twitter world saying something like “Look what you’re missing!”
Twitter recognizes that I haven’t logged in for quite some time and they are trying to remind me of what I once had. But it’s a trick! I have no desire to manage a Twitter account at this time. Social Media is already consuming enough.
But isn’t that exactly what the enemy does in our life? In our social life, from dating to friends, parties, and gatherings, “look what you’re missing!” When it’s just a distraction to keep you from pursuing what God has called you to do!
The past few months, I’ve been more focused than I have ever been. With the launch of my new Podcast, ministry, and the overall pursuit of my vision, I have had to make a lot of sacrifices. Very early mornings and many times, late nights. The weekends are consumed with church functions, meetings and quiet time to prepare for lesson plans in various teaching capacities.
Because my primary focus is on getting to the place that God has for me, I’ve had to sacrifice social time, and unsubscribe to those things that are taking up too much space in my life.
Today, I challenge each of you to evaluate the things in your life that you may need to “unsubscribe” to. Even as you are reading this, something came to mind. THAT is what God is telling you to get rid of. He speaks in a still small voice. Don't ignore the clutter.
As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us
Hebrews 12:1 GNT
Thank you for joining me on my journey to Finding Grace.