The past week I have been cleaning house. Not just a little dusting and polishing, but packing and evaluating. The one good thing about moving is that you have to evaluate everything you own. This is especially true when you are moving 4000 miles.
Do you use it? Do you need it? Does it have value? These are the vital questions that my wife and I are asking about everything we own. These questions have led us to make numerous runs to the dump, trips to the Salvation Army store to drop off, lots of gifts to people we know, a large garage sale and a little Craigslist posting. It is a great deal of work and takes a lot of time, but it is a great personal cleansing.
It is amazing how much you can accumulate through the years. Some items all of us need for daily living. Some items are local needs like a snow blower here in Alaska. Some items you just hang on to because you think you might use them one day. It is amazing how many things a family of 6 can accumulate when you put all of our needs and extras together.
There is a simple Biblical truth underlined in all of my evaluating – Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)”Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (20) But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There is also a practical side to this truth – You need far less than you think you do. In fact, I imagine that much of the stuff you own is not truly needed. I know its true for me.