January 26, 2014

What Do You Own That Owns You?

When was the last time you sorted through the empty paint cans, flammable rags, rusty shop tools and gift wrappings you’ve stashed since ‘63?  And that’s just your TV room.  Next, the garage!

Once it seemed important to save each of these.  Especially the plastic vampire for scaring away the illegal moles in your yard.  There’s the Volkswagen-sized, 8-track sound system.  And stacks of unwrapped albums buried under photos of milestone moments, waiting for the right time to assemble them.  After the next universal flood.

You really do want to simplify your life, but your stuff now owns you.  Paul, the Bible guy, wrote, “Christ has freed us so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom.  Therefore, be firm in this freedom, and don’t become slaves again.”

He was speaking of religious expectations versus spiritual liberty.  But let’s apply it to uncluttering life. What are the first three simplification projects you’d tackle?  Of the three, completing which one would give you the most satisfaction?