I remember watching a George Carlin skit on Stuff. You can see a censored version here:
Scott and I are getting our house ready to sell. With the state of the economy, ever-increasing taxes, and decreasing home values, owning a home isn’t a good investment for us. Recently, we’ve had to replace the hot water heater and the central A/C in our 14-year-old home. We’ve hired a friend to paint the inside of our house; the whole house. He’s going to lay tile in our bathrooms and kitchen. He’s going to repair some things we’ve let go.
Because we need to move furniture and all the stuff on the furniture, I’ve been cleaning, packing, and putting some of said stuff into a “to go” pile to give to The Center of Hope Thrift Store, a ministry associated with our church. I was trepidatious about downsizing. I am, by nature, a pack-rat. I have special things from high school, my first car license plate, a pair of pants that I will never get back into and, if I did, they are long out of style…you get it. BUT, as I started to dust and pack, I found myself putting things that wasn’t prepared to part with in the “to go” pile. These pictures show the discombobulated state of our house while we paint and pack.
After visiting my girlfriend’s new apartment, I noticed this minimalist look that wasn’t bare but wasn’t the cluttered country-style that currently decorated the Sandmeyer abode. I realized that I would probably be a better housekeeper if I didn’t have so much stuff to dust and take care of. It would certainly make it easier.
I’m not saying that there aren’t some things that I’ve spirited away for safekeeping. I have some porcelain that was in my grandmother’s house that I can’t find it in my heart to let go of yet. There are some other things that I’m sure will make the trek to our new apartment, but it won’t be out on a shelf.
This cleaning out is freeing. It becomes easier and easier as I anticipate our putting the house on the market. After all, it’s just stuff. How much of it do I really need?
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4
Instead, my desire is to live a pleasing life to the Glory of God and to know that God is looking out for my needs.
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:19-33