Authentic Conversations with Andy Mason

022 Let’s Get Messy

January 7, 2020

In this episode I talk through the importance of mess and how our natural desire to avoid making it or stepping in it is hindering our growth.

Wouldn't life be easier if everything was simple, clean, decluttered and devoid of conflict?

Short answer, no. Life is messy. Mess is inevitable if you are going to experience life at all.

And avoiding mess will result in avoiding life.

But I don't like mess. I would rather start on a new project in a 'clean' area, than return to a half complete mess that needs cleaning up. I will procrastinate and avoid it... until the mess (or the people around me) demands attention.

Ive also got areas around my property, my relationships and my business that are messy. I want to avoid them. Some I created. Some were created for me. Some just happen to be that way. 

Mess is uncertainty, clutter, confusion, conflict... you can fill in the list.

I never feel my best in the middle of it.

Yet it seems like nothing happens without walking through it.

If you want tidy, systems, structure... don't be an entrepreneur.... or a parent!

I've had to unpack why I dislike it so much and realized there's a bunch of head trash that is holding me back.

  • Holiness is NOT the absence of mess. It is a gift from God in SPITE of mess.
  • Jesus didn't avoid mess. He landed right in the middle of it AND didn't clean it all up.
  • The greater the production, the greater the mess
  • Mess is not an excuse for productivity - finish what you started or clear the table
  • What do I need to say NO to? 
  • What do I need to follow through on?
  • What am I avoiding because of perceived mess?

The only clean stable is an empty stable. So if you want the work of an ox and to enjoy an abundant harvest, you'll have a mess or two to clean up! Proverbs 14:4 TPT

Quote read from page 97, Martin Luther - The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World, by Eric Metaxas.

When navigating a mess, Ive learned a couple things to help me.

1. Do it with a friend/partner/colleague; don't do it alone.

2. Do it first; don't procrastinate.

3. Embrace it; don't avoid it. Mess is the pathway to something beautiful. 


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