By Katy Curry©
Moving. Taking a person or persons and placing them in a new location. It should be easy, right. If I want to give my daughter-in-law a dress, I put it in the car, drive for 2 miles, and give her the dress. Done! It is moved!
It should be almost that easy! When Abraham was alive, the people lived a nomadic life, they were always packed, just take down the tents, pack up the cooking stuff, put the kids in a cart and off they went to their next location! Yet even then it was complicated, those huge tents! The herds alone were huge and not always cooperative.
It is no better today. Frank and I are moving, downsizing to a retirement home. We can bring little or nothing of what we have accumulated over thirty-seven years with us. That should make it easy, right? Welllllll, not exactly. The china tea set from my great grandmother, she protected it all the way from Ireland! The flatware that is sterling silver, the desk that belonged to my grandmother, the books I have accumulated that are a necessary part of my life, not novels, mind you, but study guides, reference books. Then there are the art supplies, enough pictures to decorate two houses much less a two bedroom apartment!
As I look around me I have a mess, so much has been thrown out, then there is how to decide what stays and what goes. What will the kids take, “Hey kids, come get it now before I sell it!”
Jesus told us to store up our treasure in heaven, not here on earth. He had a really good point. Not only can you not take it with you, but it sure is a pain to move around from point A to point B!
My point is, I need, we all need, to get over this having stuff! We acquire it, accumulate it, pay a moving company a lot of money to pack it and take it to our new location and for what? So we can say “Look what I have?” We humans are so foolish!
Jesus had the clothes on His back. He was a homeless itinerant preacher. His “stuff” was in heaven and what He shared with us was and is far more precious than the biggest diamond in the finest ring. Each of us needs to develop a new perspective on “stuff.”
So, even if you have “stuff” that you truly need around you for your work or hobbies, stuff that brings you joy in your home, make sure it is there not for vanity but to give honor and glory to God. It is a lesson I am working hard to learn.