On The Reconciliation of Stuff (4)

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!

To catch up on the conversation, read posts (1) (2) (3) On The Reconciliation of Stuff



2 thoughts on “On The Reconciliation of Stuff (4)”

  • Great post, Dee! I freely admit that I find being a minimalist much more attractive now that I have accumulated a near-overwhelming amount of stuff. I don’t believe that being a minimalist is a must for everyone, in the same way I believe that wealth is not a must for everyone. But rather, there is a band of space that exists where our needs are met, we have a bountiful provision, our storehouses are full, and we can live a life of contentment regarding our earthly possessions. Then, our concern over day-to-day life no longer competes with our desires and calling to serve the Kingdom. That’s what I consider to be the sweet spot. The problem is that outside of that narrow band of sweet spot, concern over the day-to-day tends to overshadow our fulfillment of kingdom calling, when in fact it should be the other way around – where our satisfaction of what we are doing for God’s kingdom overwhelms our insufficiency or excess.

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us!

    EDB

    • I agree Eric, I don’t think minimalism should be the goal in and of itself. I started writing on this topic at the request of a friend who simply asked me, “how.” I found her question interesting in the fact that almost instinctively we all know how to gather and accumulate, but the skill of editing is harder to come by. After writing one post on the topic, I knew it was going to take a lot more conversation to cover the topic in entirety and I really wanted to do it justice you know?
      So after 5 posts, a series has emerged and I am still humbled that people are reading and conversing!
      I think you’re completely correct, there is a band of space where we have enough and can live in contentment. Finding that sweet spot is more difficult in America I think.
      Whole heartedly, I just really want us to recognize our emptiness, or our desires to fill ourselves with more _____, when really, Jesus is the only one to fill that gap.

      Thanks for reading, seriously amazed you’re here.

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