I stood there in my kitchen in disbelief. How did this happen? It was so subtle. So elusive. I was consciously unaware of the hold it had on me. Until that moment when it was if the scales fell from my eyes.
Our possessions were controlling my life.
Here I was reorganizing our cupboards one more time, trying to make everything fit. It was a game I played every few months of piecing, stacking, getting creative with any available space. And it was exhausting.
I realized we had accumulated too much “stuff.”
“Stuff” was robbing me of my joy.
How in the world did we get here? How and why did we think we needed all of this? Who said it was okay to have this much stuff? Who needs five ice creams scoops anyway?
I didn’t have any answers, but I knew the solution: To purge, to declutter, to free myself of the trap our possessions had me in.
Drawer by drawer. Closet by closet. Room by room. If we didn’t use the item recently, or if it didn’t bring me joy, it was placed in a separate box. That box went to places where these items could bless another and be put to use.
I can’t begin to explain the freeing feeling it gave me to let go of the extra, and begin to live with less.
Our less turned into more… and my joy returned.
I also decided that year I would try something. I wanted to see how long I could go without purchasing anything extra for myself… clothing, accessories, little extras, etc.
Did I really need one more sweater? Weren’t the ones in my closet enough? What about a new pair of earrings? Didn’t I already own enough? Did I really need one more pair?
One month turned into two, then two turned into four. This challenge was harder than I thought it would be, especially at first. But I kept asking myself hard questions (like above), and the answer always came back as, “I don’t need it.”
Six months passed, and I crossed over into a new way of living. It was then I found I had broken a cycle of entrapment I didn’t even know I was in. I had been entrenched in an addiction–an addiction of purchasing “stuff”–and closing its door was life-transforming.
I was free.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.” Luke 12:15 NIRV
Life is not made up of how much a person has. Amen! Your worth and mine isn’t in our stuff. Our worth is found in Jesus.
I ended up purchasing a dress for myself after the 13-month mark in my challenge. But, that purchase wasn’t easy to make, as I was living in freedom from my “stuff.” What a change in behavior! I can’t say I really needed that dress, but it was for a new job back then, and so I justified it in that way.
This world entices us to have more and we’ll be more. But I found the opposite to be true.
Have less and be more.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this today. I pray this isn’t an area you’ve found a struggle in, but if you have, how have you dealt with it? How do you see your possessions? What piece of advice can you give from your perspective?
I appreciate this space where we can be real and honest with each other. Thanks for stopping by for a few minutes today.
Much love to you!
It’s a joy to link this post with Suzie Eller and friends for #livefreeThursday.
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