First, go and sell all that you have and follow Jesus.
Second,…Oh wait. Not so easy? We are very attached to our “stuff” aren’t we? How do we learn to let go? A wise friend told me that he couldn’t tell me what to get rid of, but this advice would help me see what to give away or sell and what to keep: Find out what you are NOT going to be good at so that you can be good at something else.
Hmm. So, maybe I don’t need to hang on to the fabric and sewing patterns for Civil War dresses and Renaissance re-enactments for another 10 years, just in case I ever get into it. Or the maternity dress pattern and fabric I have had for at least 7 years. Yes, I know I am pregnant again and I might have more kids after this, but I don’t really have time or space for sewing a dress for myself. Someone else can use it before it goes out of style (again). Maybe I will not learn to decorate altar linens with fine hand-made lace or tatting. Maybe I won’t learn to smock heirloom dresses until my kids are grown up and out raising their own families. Piano? Our teacher has moved to another state and we’re not looking for a new one. Besides, we haven’t really had lessons for at least 2 years. Someone else can use it. St. Patrick’s Day decorations that someone gave me: I have never decorated for St. Paddy’s Day beyond a green table cloth, so I don’t need to store a bin full of green tinsel and a giant green leprechaun hat.
The kids have bins full of papers that they never look at, so why are they taking up square footage in the back room? We can’t really use the room because it is full of stuff we don’t use!
I have always dreamed of building a family chapel on our property, and I have always looked outside for a place to put it. But if we just get rid of all the boxes, bins, and piles in the back room, it would be the PERFECT place to sit in the quiet and pray, no matter what the weather is like outside.
Ok. Step one: Look at one bin every night and decide if I am going to sell, give away, or throw away the contents. Pray for me!