With two little kids – no longer babies, yet not “big kids”, we have accumulated tons of toys and clothes. We’ve been blessed with tons of presents, having the first great-grandchild on one side and the only grandchildren for the grandparents. Add onto that a huge collection of farm toys (tractors, implements and animals of all sizes) and books (grandma’s were both teachers). We also have a boy & girl, which almost multiplies the toys by two, as they have very typical likes of their genders. (I won’t mention my collection of original Fiestaware and my husband’s inherited and personal “toy” tractor/implement collection.)
The accumulation has gotten out of control for our limited space. While we are far from starring in an episode of Hoarder’s, it is feeling very heavy. Christ instructs us to collect treasures of heaven, not of the earth, so our posessions – and hearts – reside closer to God (Matt 6:19-21). With my mind so much on the “treasures” I have around my house, I am diverted from my “treasures” in heaven by the need to clean, maintain, accumulate more, etc. While I am not at a point where I can empty all the rooms in our house, I can open up some more space for God.
Through consignment, a garage sale and donations, I’ve cleared out the equivalent of 14 large plastic tubs of “stuff”. The added benefits? Others will be able to use and get joy out of the “things” that we no longer need or infrequently used. Also, the money raised is going towards a new garden I’m putting in the front yard and towards my husband’s and son’s veggie garden (both spiritual practices in themselves).
Gracious God, help us find ways to lighten our physical burdens so we may make more room for our heavenly rewards. Amen.