I’ve felt extremely motivated to remove excess material items from my life lately & wanted to understand where this drive was coming from. Turns out, the answer was right in front of me; or rather, at the center of my heart.
I’ve never enjoyed clutter, but I have always enjoyed having stuff; lots of stuff that I felt the need to keep around because it had sentimental value, or I might want to have it for that very specific occasion. Organized mess, or well hidden junk has been my style up to this point.
As I have been growing in my relationship with God, that stuff seemed to feel like it was in the way. The excess of clothing, the items still stored at the parents house, the suitcase of CDs that I can’t seem to part with..you get the idea.
Then I discovered how much I adore Marie Kondo & I that am falling in love with Minimalism, which are incredibly helpful tools to move towards cleansing oneself of material items. But nothing has motivated me more than the words revealed to me today:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Our hearts cannot lie in the brand of jeans we wear, or the stacks of books we have kept since childhood. I don’t want to waste my heart on those things!
And when my time on Earth is coming to and end, I don’t want to tell generations below me that I took time preserving a lot of stuff to give them when I go. I want to have expended all my energy, giving them endless memories packed with genuine love; so they don’t need a physical object to remind them of the joyful times we shared.
Less of us and more of Him. Let’s get rid of the stuff and fill it up with more of his goodness to share with the ones we love the most.
Talk about an investment.