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BLESSINGS OTHERS WITH WHAT WE HAVE

Luke 12:33-34 “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  

My husband and I have moved a lot…as in "five times in the past 10 years" a lot. And four of those five times, I brought all our stuff along. That seven foot Christmas tree? Load ‘er up! The nice furniture that worked in our first home, but not in the last two? Make it fit! The items that no longer worked for us would still find their way into a truck, cross the state and land in yet another storage room, all without seeing the light of day.

Before our last move, I decided to pack only the things we loved and used--instead of playing Tetris in the moving van with all our excess items. I was tired of feeling burdened by belongings that just didn’t belong anymore. The items were still good, but they weren't doing us any good.  We decided to sell or donate everything we no longer needed.

We let go of things we once thought we would always keep. I donated my wedding dress to a drive raising money for breast cancer research. My old high school lacrosse stick went to a mom who wanted her daughter to try the expensive sport, but couldn’t justify paying for a new stick. A bookshelf we had no space for went to a family who had lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. 

After each item found a home, I felt an energizing joy in knowing it was being appreciated and used by someone--instead of gathering dust in a closet or cluttering our home. I also enjoyed greater tranquility, since I no longer had so many “things” clamoring for my attention. Time and energy ordinarily spent keeping possessions clean, functioning and in place now could go to people and activities that really mattered. Best of all, as I released my hold on my accumulation, I had more time to listen to God and follow him without so much distraction. My time could be spent on blessing and improving lives, not just on maintaining my stuff.

I do not want my “treasure" to be in all that clutter, but in the peace, that comes from loving and living for God. I don’t have to hang on to everything. I can trust that as I “let go,” He will provide for me.

And God’s treasure is much easier to pack!

Written by: Everyday Order

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