I have been struggling for months with the storage on my phone. It’s the problem every person faces, that after a couple of years, there are just too many photos to filter through and too many important messages to avoid, in a mass WhatsApp cleansing. Getting a new phone isn’t an option either, because of the hordes of photos and important messages that I’m too scared to lose in the move.

I’ve moved things to SD cards, stopped auto updates, deleted downloads and duplicates and taken away every frilly comfort that might use up a byte of space. And still, I get the dreaded orange message of “storage space running out” …

And purging my phone of any unnecessary apps isn’t an option either: everything that could be disabled or discarded, already has been. This has left me in the delightful position of doing a biweekly clearing of caches. Going through every app that I didn’t even know I had, and seeing if somehow, it was doing something in the background, that I didn’t know about, and maybe took up a lot of my storage space in the process. It is tedious but if it delays the orange message one more week, it’s worth it!

Taking photos is also a thing of the past with storage being so full the camera has given up trying to open. I’ve had to resort to taking quick photos with WhatsApp, before the camera realizes I’m cheating the system and shuts it down!

This issue with storage has gotten to the point where I can’t even open WhatsApp sometimes. My poor phone had an absolute meltdown one day, when I tried to accept a call, turn off my music so I could answer the call, and respond to a message at the same time. The dismal device just decided it needed to sit quietly for five minutes and would only cooperate with me when I had learned not to ask so much of it!

There is just too much stored on the phone for it to operate correctly. And this can make it a challenge to do its daily functions, even when it’s trying its hardest.

Our lives are like this too. We give our best, but there is just so much going on, we don’t know whether we’re Arthur or Martha. We run around trying to keep everything going, like an immense juggling act. And we feel like we don’t have the emotional bandwidth or energy to commit ourselves as fully as we should, to everything we need to do.

In Luke 6:45 we read: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings things out of the evil stored in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.”

When our lives overflow with so much to do, it is easy to taint everything we do, with a bit of panic or fear that we won’t get it all done. Our minds might jump to the next task while still finishing this one, then our hearts are no longer in the job we should be focusing on. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

When we feel like there is so much to get done, it is important to guard our hearts and our mouths. To avoid snapping or lashing out at others, because we have too much going on inside. It’s not evil to be busy, and not always giving your all, doesn’t mean there is evil flowing from your heart! But when we are busy, we need to be extra careful about what we let in and what we let out.

Much love in Christ