A year ago, when my husband and I separated and he moved out of the house, I told him, "you can take anything you want, except for the boys." I was pretty serious about that - until I learned that he took some stuff that I thought we should have at least talked about. In the end I decided not to make a big deal about stuff. I still have a house full of stuff, and there really isn't anything that I miss.
|Justin, Hannah, Lauren, Mom and Ethan|
I realize that the pendulum has started to swing the other way. For nearly 30 years I have been accumulating my own stuff, but thanks to my 4 kids, I am starting to let go of stuff as they set up housekeeping and start their own lives in far away places. I'm glad that I have enough stuff to give to them and help them get started, but its still bittersweet.
I need to remember how important it is to give it away - that's what Christ did for us - he gave his life for you and (even) me so that we may be free! Truth be told, it all starts when we care enough about ourselves to let God love us. God's love and grace is where its really at - what a gift, what a blessing - and I don't have to do a thing to earn it - it too is free!
AND, when we ditch the stuff that holds us back we are then able to love God and love one another with authenticity. The cool thing is as I give it all away, I actually am blessed with a life of abundance! Funny how that works.
Striving to live in Christ and live abundantly - without so much stuff,