Clutter — Devotional: Stuff, Stuff, and more Stuff
March 25th, 2010
By Catherine Wilson
A few years ago my Grandma moved into the house with my family. To make room, I had to move into a smaller bedroom with no closet. I put all my stuff into cardboard boxes and moved them into our basement. My boxes of books, clothes, old toys, and who-knows-what-else, were stacked on top of each other like Jenga blocks halfway through the game—fairly stable, but you wouldn’t want to try to take anything out of the bottom. I remember being annoyed that I had to pack up all my things, but I did it anyway.
Months after I moved to the smaller room, I tried to find an old journal in the basement. It turned into an expedition because I first had to wade through all of my other stuff. As I dug through a garbage bag full of stuffed animals, I started to wonder, “why am I keeping all this junk anyway?” And why did I need a bigger room just to keep so much stuff?
I could certainly relate to the Parker family in the episode “Clutter.” They had so much in their garage that the stacks of old junk toppled over! Like the Parker family, I decided it was time to de-clutter my things. I gave some of my books to a school in Haiti and I gave a lot of the toys and clothes to a local thrift store. And in the process, I finally found my journal.
It made me think about the importance – or maybe the “un-importance” – of my stuff. Having a bigger room to keep my things wasn’t as important as a place for my grandma to stay. By getting rid of some of my possessions, I was able to help people in need. And by letting someone else use my room, I could help my Grandma. What a blessing to give away things I didn’t need!
What are some things that you could give up to help some one in need? Let us know in the comments below!