Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Stuff

In about a month and a half, Chrissy and I are going to be venturing into the next chapter for our family and heading back to the east coast. In theory, moving seems like such an easy step. Pack-drive-unpack-enjoy. Unfortunately we are finding out once again how much of a process it is. Not only have I been working every day on projects around our current house that I have procrastinated for the past 7 years, but we are also realizing just how much stuff we have accumulated over the years. With the move, it is giving us a prime opportunity to get rid of a bunch of the things we once deemed worthy of keeping. It's is amazing how much stuff we have that we don't need. And it doesn't stop at our house. Today I started cleaning my office as well. I filled two large trash cans with stuff that I had horded, thinking someday it would be useful. It really got me thinking of how God wants me to do a "house cleaning" in myself as well. I mean, how many times do I just add to myself things to do, unneeded emotions, expectations, and other "stuff" that I feel important at the moment. But when I look at it through God's eyes it needs to be thrown out. A life with Christ is a life of simplicity. God doesn't desire for our lives to be cluttered to a point where we need to squeeze Him in somewhere. He desires us to find freedom in Him. In fact I think I remember a story of a guy that "dropped everything and followed Him". When we open ourselves up to God's salvation and this wild life that He offers, we should no longer depend on all the other stuff we felt we needed to live a full life. We are not weighed down by the clutter and expectations, we can now dance in freedom as ourselves! So during this time of change, I will continue to throw out the unneeded. And I pray that with the change God brought me 25 years ago, I will be reminded to throw out the other "stuff" as well.

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