This Post is About Stuff

So Many ToysAs an American Mom I deal with Stuff all day.  Cleaning stuff.  Organizing Stuff.  Buying Stuff.  Getting Stuff.  Thanking People for stuff.  Recycling Stuff.  Donating Stuff.  The list goes on.

Now don’t get me wrong I feel VERY BLESSED to be in the situation I am in.  There are many people who are very generous to us.  We are very lucky to be able to afford many thing in life.

But there is a point where this stuff become clutter and the things in our life hurt us more than help us.  A friend recently wrote a blog post that said: “Reevaluate priorities, and commit to being less committed! Believe or not, if you think you’re sinking in a sea of obligations… your kids are probably drowning too.” Recently I was drowning in a sea of stuff.  That is why I decided to write this blog post.

Recently our little girls room had so much stuff even I could not clean it properly.  What kind of example was I setting for someone who would need to clean her room some day.  In the morning she wanted to ride on her rocking horse in her room but it was dangerous with all the other toys around it.  That day I put about 50% of the stuff in her room into storage.  The rest of the stuff I neatly organized in a way we could both clean up.  After her nap she started playing with the toys that she could see again.  Toys that she did not play with in a long time.  In all that clutter she could not find these toys.

The bible states: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 NIV)

Then why do we collect so much stuff in life?  Why do I feel the need to keep all of her toys to give her more.  The other day we were outside most of the weekend.  She loved playing on rocks with dirt, sticks, and dead grass.  Isn’t the earth enough toys in life?  Ok I admit I am glad that she has some stuff.  But I am glad that I got rid of some things to enjoy other things more for both my daughter and me.

The bible says “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”  John 15:2.  Hopefully the stuff we do have in our lives can serve us instead of us serving the stuff.  

Downsize your life.  Try and take a few things off your desk or out of your bathroom.  Enjoy your freedom from your stuff.
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