I like to shop. I like to buy things – especially on clearance. I like to think of moving things around in my house or buying new things for my house to make it prettier or more functional or whatever. A lot of people do the same, right?
But lately that part of myself has been in conflict with the other part of myself – the part of me that craves simplicity, cleanliness, more money to give elsewhere. Months ago Matt and I began to scour our house for things we didn’t really need any more. We got rid of a ton of stuff (possibly a literal TON of things). We sold them all at a yard sale over Memorial Day weekend, and made a good deal of money from it all. It was a very successful purge and sale!
So someone tell me why I still feel like I’m surrounded by my things? Why do I feel like I have another purge coming on?
I follow Paulo Coelho on Twitter. Many years ago I read and loved his book “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept” and I have a few other books by him that I want to read. He tweets really insightful things, and I have enjoyed following him. Last week he tweeted this:
I think the same can be said about my spiritual life as well. How many incorrect theological beliefs, painful memories, unfounded anxieties, etc. do I hold on to that aren’t useful or beautiful or joyful? I know too many people who have held on to pain and anger for far too long. These things have a way of growing in our hearts and pushing out all other thoughts and memories that might be useful, beautiful or joyful. I don’t want that for my life. I CAN’T have that for my life. I want to make room in my heart and mind for grace and love. Don’t you?
How much stuff do YOU hold on to that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful?