“I want to de-clutter my life from material things!” ~ Me
I love my Monday night bible study group. Every week a group of twenty-or-so people show up for a bible study at my house. For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about what God says about material things. We’ve talked about verses like 1 John 3:17 that says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” We’ve talked and prayed about the fact that God must have meant that or He wouldn’t have said it.
This past week, one of the guys from our study group said, “I don’t just want to talk about this … I want to do something.” I loved that. So many times, I just will hear something and think, “You know that’s right,” and then go on without making a change.
We spent the next hour and a half talking about what we could do to de-clutter our lives from some of the material possessions that hold us captive. We have closets FULL of clothes, yet the bible says, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none…” We have cabinets full of food, yet the bible says, “When we refuse to feed the hungry, we’re refusing to feed Jesus.” Not only do we have an abundance of everything, we’ve even cluttered our children’s lives by giving them an abundance of things too. We’ve failed them by teaching them to buy into consumerism.
Did you know that between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year Americans will spend 470.4 billion dollars. That’s 11 million dollars a minute. When will we realize that we don’t need that CD player that works in the shower, another pair of black pants, 42 new toys for our kids and a Snuggie for our dog.
So back to our bible study group … we have discussed having a giant garage sale and giving the proceeds away to a worthy cause (we like this idea). We discussed just having a garage give-away where people took what they wanted (we decided against this). We discussed lots of ideas to help us remove the clutter of material things from our lives and share what we have.
We haven’t quite figured all the details out on our plans, but we do plan to do something. Right now what we’ve started is this … we decided to challenge one another until the end of they year to get rid of 50 things a week from our lives. Give them away, share them with others, throw away the junk … simply de-clutter our lives. We’re hoping by the end of 8 weeks, and 400 material items lighter, to get a better idea how to downsize so others in need can upgrade.
It’s not about spending less so we can save money. It IS about spending less so we have more to share with others in need.
Why am I blogging about this? Because maybe you want to take on the 50 Things Challenge too. Is your life cluttered with junk? Do you have more than you need?
I’ve got to go get busy … I have my 50 things to work on today.
So do you have any thoughts or ideas?