Looking around the closets of my house, I see too much stuff. Articles of clothing not touched in months and sometimes years. I would bet some of the clothes do not even fit the wearer anymore. Too many shoes, too many purses, so much stuff that I have no room for anything anymore.
The kitchen suffers from overcrowding as well. In the pantry, two or three bottles of the same type of spices. Boxed food dating back to before time began, gathering dust on the shelves. Moldy cheeses and fruits wasted because they sat buried under other foods. And yet, we still buy more staples and cram them into the overflowing shelves.
Luke 3:11 (NIV) John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
Other families own so much stuff that they need storage facilities to hold it all. One family I knew rented three units at three different locations to keep all their overflow of possession. Have you noticed how many storage places are popping up in your city? We have become obsessed with owning more things.
This need for things has now spread beyond our households. All you can eat restaurants fill the need for overindulging. Calendars not filled up leave us feeling underutilized. We try to work eighty hours in a forty-hour work week. The children enrolled in too many activities leave us exhausted. We probably own and do more things than any of our ancestors but are we any happier?
As I travel throughout God’s creation, I realize how satisfied families can be with much fewer possessions. I see the joy on the faces of Myanmar women with only a few outfits in their closets. I watch Nepal families celebrating life together with just a bowl of rice to eat. I spend time with Kenyan women who have nothing on their calendars. They have time to sit down with me and enjoy a cup of tea and a conversation without a cluttered schedule.
Luke 12:15 (NIV) Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Do we own our belongings or do they own us? I plan to simplify my life by cleaning out closets and buying less stuff this year. I want to free up my calendar for more time with friends. As a Christian, I feel God is calling me to the simpler life. Christ wants my whole heart. When my focus is on worldly possessions, my heart cannot turn to Christ entirely. I pray that fewer distractions in my home will help me spend more time with the essential thing, Christ.
What can you do to de-clutter your life and find more freedom in Christ alone?
Yvonne, Blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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