Simplification.

IMG_8722 Since returning to Oklahoma a month ago (how in the world has it been a month already??), I've been overwhelmed with how much stuff  I have.  So much stuff.

The fact that my closet was full when I hadn't even unpacked most of the suitcases containing all of my clothes that I wore for a year, the boxes of stuff that I didn't even think of for a whole 365 days, the way I don't even know what's in most of those boxes.  Sure, some of it is sentimental and I want to keep it.  But certainly not all of it; not most of it!

I was convicted by this passage.

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." - Matthew 6:19-21

I was collecting all this stuff, these "treasures" just in case I ever needed it.  "I can use that somehow" was the thought behind keeping it.

 

But I spent a lot of time living simply in Chicago.  I only bought things that I needed and you know what?  I didn't miss it.  Not one bit!

Instead of thinking of all that stuff I was able to focus more on God and on the people around me instead of myself.

 

And so, I've been simplifying a lot.  I've been purging boxes and closets and drawers and putting more in the "get rid of" pile then in the "keep" pile.  When I find myself thinking "oh, but I could use that someday" I stop myself, remind myself of the birds who only collect the food they need and don't store extra in their barns (Matt 6:25-27), and I put it in the get rid of pile.

And the more I get rid of, the more weight I feel lifting off of my earthly body.