Have any of you moved recently? As in physically relocated all of your things to another location?
Well, if you haven’t, let me refresh your memory of a few realizations you have every time you move.
1.) Seriously, why on Earth do I still have a paper I wrote in 3rd grade? If anyone is keeping it, shouldn’t that be my mom? That’s weird. And thank God my writing skills have improved since then.
2.) How did I acquire so much STUFF??????? (You might have synonyms for stuff.)
3.) How do movers do this all the time? Forget world’s strongest man or bodybuilders, you are just straight superhuman if you can do this on a daily basis.
4.) I will never buy another scarf. Or another item of any kind for that matter.
Does any of this hit home with you?
If it’s just me, that is totally fine. But I have a feeling I am not alone.
It’s funny how easily we forget how much we have and desire to attain more.
It’s like that AT & T commercial (Side note: If you don’t laugh when you see this, you have issues), “We want more. It’s like, we really like it, we want MORE.”
We always want MORE.
And just when we start to slow down a bit, we get an email from one of our favorite stores and they are having a SALE.
I am sorry- did you hear me correctly- a S-A-L-E!!!
AKA it’s like human code and just morally right to go buy something. Or 15 things.
Anyway, I say all of this because I think it is crucial that we “move out” every so often.
Yes, it is a good thing to tangibly go through your possessions and give away what you do not need, but it is even more crucial to go through them and realize, well, they are just possessions.
You do not NEED tons of things to be happy or successful.
In fact, I would argue the opposite.
Sometimes de-cluttering and recalibrating your mindset and your physical location can give you a new and fresh perspective.
Now, don’t get me wrong, shopping is not my least favorite hobby, but I do believe we could all use a little simplifying in our lives.
Chances are, you will look at the things you own and realize that while at first they promised you happiness, and that “mountaintop feeling” of having it all, they never delivered.
No guilt trip here, just a reminder that sometimes it takes being removed from somewhere to realize all that you have been given.
And then to be reminded that only Jesus satisfies our craving in this life.
So, get up, look around and count your blessings.
If you haven’t worn something in 6 months, chances are you won’t ever wear it. Give it away.
And be reminded that Jesus is all you need.