Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says: The One With The Most Toys Wins!
Why is it we spend so much time collecting stuff and acquiring more things as we go along in life? Do those “things” really make us happy? Perhaps they do momentarily, until we find the next best thing to strive for. But then sometimes we have to work hard to pay for them and we become a slave to our debt. We may perhaps wonder then, if it was really worth it.
I’ve never really been a “things” girl, but as I have gotten older I find myself giving away more and more. I work hard to pay my bills and I live a very simple life, yet something always seems to happen and I can never catch up. For a rule-follower, that is hard for me to accept.
There are some hard choices I must make in the very near future. It is overwhelming to not have someone to guide me. I may not be able to keep my house that I worked so hard for. The house that I vowed to my children would be our home. I’ve spent countless hours painting, gardening, sewing window treatments to make it cozy. I’ve spent many fall evenings on my patio, with good friends who have become so close to me.
My pride is holding on tight, but my heart is telling me that in order to have less stress I might have to sell it and find something smaller. My heart is telling me that maybe God wants something MORE for me but if my hands are gripping so tight to this, they will not be open for what He may have in store for me.
God reminded me the other night that everything I have really is a gift from Him anyway. So, I have started letting go of my grip little by little. I have cleaned out my closets and given lots away to Salvation Army. I’ve thrown away so many things I know I will never use again, and in the process I have begun to open to the idea that He has never left me before and that He will watch over me and guide my steps when I feel confused.
The more I give away, the more I realize that I really do not need those things to fill up my life. What I really need more of, is HIM!