November 27, 2018
Today I was praying, and just fell silent before the Lord. I often do this, just sit in silence and listen. Today I feel like God was telling me, “You can’t take it with you.” So many times, I feel “less than” compared to some of my friends. Wishing I could bake or cook like this one, or dress or decorated like that one.
But today, I feel like… what good is all that? Sure, it’s nice to have nice things or have a nicely decorated home. Nice clothes, nice house, or a nice car, but you can’t take it with you. It might make me happy for a little bit. But soon, I will get tired of those clothes, bored with the decor, the car will get trashed… why bother?
Too Much Stuff
It’s also Christmastime. I have done all my shopping, and I enjoy giving gifts to my kids, but the stores make me sad. I know it’s just marketing, but I can’t wait for the holidays to be over. It’s just buy, buy, buy… stuff, stuff, stuff. And you can’t take it with you.
I just want to live simply. I hope I pass that on to my children. I was definitely raised that way. We barely had toys or clothes. Mom had a beater car, and we lived in government housing. Sure, I always wanted all the cool things other kids had, but I survived.
Now, I have no use for those things. I honestly feel like getting rid of most of my stuff and just living with the necessities. I’m so tired of cleaning and organizing STUFF!
Lord, help me to do something with my life besides work and collect stuff. Help me pay off debt, live simply, and give to the poor. Help me be generous with my things, time, and money. In Jesus’ name.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT