This week Darrell and I said goodbye to our friends, our church, and our beautiful apartment overlooking the ocean in Florida. We sold all of our furniture, sent a carload of things with Darrell’s parents (who came down to help us, thank goodness) and packed everything else in the trunk and backseat of our Toyota Corolla.
This is not the first time I’ve done this, but there was a moment, as we were loading things into our car, where it became apparent not everything was going to fit, and it sure felt like it was our first time.
I felt like such a rookie —
Scrambling at the last minute to give things away, donate them or (my least favorite) put them in the dumpster. I felt like such a beginner, mourning the loss of my “things.” As we traveled down the elevator with a hotel cart full of stuff that I wasn’t sure would fit in our car, I thought to myself:
Which of these things are most important to me?
If I could only keep a handful of these things, which would I choose?
It’s good, I think, to put ourselves in situations where we’re forced to think about our priorities like this, even with stupid things like clothes and bed linens. It reminds us to appreciate the things we have, and to see them as a gift. It reminds us to hold things loosely, when they get in the way of our overall destination. It reminds us to trust God to provide for us, to meet our daily needs.
As we rode the elevator down 21 flights of stairs, I wondered how many of our things were going to fit in the car, and what else would end up in the dumpster. I made of list of things I wasn’t willing to give up.
Here’s my list.
1. My purse — which contains my wallet, my cell phone, my journal, and usually the book I’m reading.
2. My laptop
3. My pillow and comforter (no matter where I’m living, if I have these things, it makes it feel like home)
4. My favorite pair of jeans.
5. My black hoodie (sometimes I wish I had a good excuse to wear jeans and a hoodie everyday)
The things we keep during a move, or that we would save from a fire, say something about us. Don’t you think? They say something about what is important to us, and where our treasure is. It’s not bad to have stuff, or to like stuff, but it’s also really good to ask ourselves — how would I respond if I had to give this up?
Question: If you could only take five things from your house right now, what would you choose? Why are these things important to you? To respond, click HERE.