Humble Hoarding

27 Jun

When we started the discussion of moving to Alaska, my initial thought was, what the heck am I going to do with all my STUFF?!

Those of you who know me, know that I love my THINGS.  I’ve always been a sort of hoarder.  It’s extremely difficult for me to get rid of things.  I am VERY good at justifying the reasons behind having all my material possessions. For example, that red sweater with the tag still on it that’s been hanging in my closet for 5 years, I might wear someday! Or the 10 pairs of jeans stacked in the office closet that no longer fit…I was keeping, in hopes that I could get my butt back in them.  How about the soccer cleats that I haven’t worn in 7 years?…I mean I might play in a soccer game sometime.  LOL!

Writing out my justifications seems so silly but it has helped me to let go of possessions that should have been gone 5 years ago! BUT I still had my reservations about getting rid of many things.

Bear with me, I promise there is a point to my nonsense….

I’ve found that there is one SURE way to help me get through this HOARDING issue of mine…

God

So I’m sitting here on the couch watching TLC, not thinking about all my STUFF, and God says, “Bethany, go get your bible.” So I get off the couch, grab my bible, and just start turning the pages.  I have no idea what I’m searching for, but I stop in the book of Matthew.

As I’m reading the book of Matthew, I come across an interesting story about a man and his possessions.

Jesus speaks to the Rich Young Man: Matthew 19:16-30

I’m not going to write out the entire story, but basically a man asks Jesus what he has to do to have eternal life.  Jesus replies- “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Jesus says it is impossible for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.  BUT with God everything is possible. (Not anything but EVERYTHING.)

Now does this mean ALL believers should sell everything they own? No. We are still responsible to care for our own needs so we do not become a burden to others.  HOWEVER, we should be willing to give up anything God ask us to do so.

In January when God laid it on my heart to give up everything to him, and move to Alaska, I had no idea the blessings I would receive.

Now that I am getting rid of almost everything to move to the last frontier, I feel that I have become more humble in my life. I’ve come to realize that possessions do not make the person. Getting rid of all these belongings, I am still the same person I’ve always been, but BETTER!

I learned that God doesn’t just give you the qualities you need; he gives you opportunities to earn those qualities. I was lacking this humble feeling in my life, and God did not give me humility but the situations in which I needed to feel humble. (Now does this mean, I’m perfectly humble and don’t need to be reminded how to be humble?! NO!)

Now back to Jesus and the rich man, think about the most powerful or well-known people in our world – how many actually got where they are by being humble? Not too many! But remember in the life to come, the last will be the first.

I don’t want to give up on the eternal rewards for temporary benefits. I am willing to make sacrifices now for greater rewards later. I am willing to accept human disapproval, while knowing that I have God’s approval.

Brandon and I have a wonderful house, great jobs, nice vehicles…everything we need in Henderson.

But when God calls, we answer, and we will have NO regrets.

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