We’ve been sorting through our things for months now. And now that we’re one month out- we still have so much stuff. It’s overwhelming how much stuff we own.
It reminds me of the first time I returned home after a mission trip to a very poor country.
These people had nothing, they were lucky if they had a tin roof over their heads and 3 of 4 walls enclosed around them.
It was heartbreaking. It was sobering.
Yet those people were the most generous and kind people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. They had nothing and yet they offered it all to me when I came to visit. Suddenly their nothing seemed like everything and I had the hardest time accepting it, until I saw how hurt they were at my hesitation to take them up on their kindness. So I gladly received- filled up more by their excited smiles then the food offered to me.
I remember coming home to America. I opened the door to my room. And I just sat down and cried. I had so much. So much. And yet I had nothing. God worked hard in my heart that year.
So now, in the midst of packing up everything we own into 6 suitcases- I’ve come across a very timely verse:
“Honor the Lord with your possessions.” -Proverbs 3:9a
What timing. Thank You Lord! Because just trying to divide needs over wants was not working for me.
Now I can ask myself as I sort through my possessions:
Does this honor the Lord?
Can I bring Him glory through this?
Is this something that I can use with my gifts to aid the body of Christ?
Am I building His Kingdom with this, or my own?
Thanks for the listen and the prayers, friends. 1 month to go!