This week my family is concentrating on Less Stuff brought to you by the letter C. (Do I remind you of Sesame Street a little?) But seriously, the letter C and his lovely friend the Camel coincided with our conversation about stuff so he had to make the post right?
These cards were purchased from the Ted Cunningham Ministries booth for $10.00. He was a guest speaker at our church recently. Yes, bringing more stuff into the house, but somehow, I can feel ok about these. Go figure.
During the teaching moment with our kids, we asked them a few questions about their stuff. What is more important, Jesus or stuff? And a resounding, Sunday school answer abounded, JESUS! Yes, we all can give the right answers, but what is actually happening in our hearts when we’re not trying to give the right answers?
Why do we tend to hold onto stuff? We came up with many answers here, but I think we all agreed it helps us feel safe. I would argue that this feeling of safety is as mist in the air; feeble at best.
And finally, Are you ever tempted to love things like toys or games? This is where my heart melted. My sweet little sensitive boy gave us a real and true answer without pretense. He said, “I really, really love God, but sometimes I love squeaky more.” He recognizes the tug or war in his heart, and he’s brave enough to admit it to himself and his parents. Man, I love that kid. I think we would be wise to follow his lead.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24
“What if wealth and indulgence are creating a polished people rotting from the inside out, without even knowing it? Jesus never utters a positive word about the wealthy, only tons of parables with us as the punch line and this observation: It is terribly hard for us to receive His kingdom, harder than shoving a camel through the eye of a needle…What if we are camels, on this side of the needle?” -Jen Hatmaker from 7
I know this topic of money can be controversial, but I’m not a blogger to shy away from controversy. Money can be so deceiving. I think it’s only prudent to look ourselves straight in the heart and ask, am I a camel trying to get through the eye of a needle? No one can answer that question for you; it’s between you and your Maker. But when we get to the Judgement seat, we will give an account for how we spent our wealth. 7 [Book In Review] Chapter 6
In the next post, more on how to be a minimalist. The heart, my friends, so much more important than our outward actions. To be a minimalist really is the easy part once we align our hearts with Jesus. A few practical tips to come, but until then, keep taking your temp!