“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
As I’ve been getting ready to move, and definitely downsizing, I’ve had to do a lot of purging throughout our house. It’s been physically and emotionally challenging for me. So I searched out a Bible study to ease my way, and found a great one.
It’s called “More of Less: A Guide To Less Stuff And More Joy.” The writer faces the problem of holding onto our things head-on in a gentle yet firm way. The main point is that while it’s fine to own things (God promises to give us good things, after all), we can fall into the trap of assuming we need lots of stuff to be happy.
I could see evidence of that as I sifted through every room of our former house. I realized I was clinging to things that didn’t really matter equally as hard as things that did. I had I fused each object with significance so that even the smallest seemed heartbreaking, even impossible to let go of.
The process of making decisions about what to keep became more practical as time went on – “Where will we put this?”. But my emotions still flared up from time, and that’s where the Bible study and verses like this one from Matthew gave me a better perspective. When it came down to it, I admitted that most of the items were representations of a season in my life, not necessary for our next home.
I’ve kept the items that truly blessed me when I see or use them. And as I’ve let go of the other things, my thoughts have been turning toward God. I can see how faithful He’s been to provide, materially but even more so spiritually, through the years. I have a glimpse now of living with less stuff and yet feeling richer with what really matters.
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