ME IN MOTION “SANCTUS REAL SPRING TOUR” BLOG 13:
MARCH 31 2010
So yesterday marked a new day in my life, as I moved into a new house, which happens to be my first place on my own! It is a nice little 4-room yellow house in East Nashville. I guess I would consider this my second “big move”. Ever since High School, I had lived with my parents for a while, and then moved to Nashville with some very close friends that have really become like a second family to me over the past few years. But I have realized that there really is nothing like having your own place. And I also realized something else while packing up and moving.
Through the process of packing and sifting through what goes where, I figured out something: I have a lot of useless junk! In fact, I think it may be a good possibility that I have more useless junk than stuff that I actually need. I may be more of a pack rat than others and have a hard time getting rid of stuff, but either way, I’m guessing I’m not the only person who feels this way. There’s a problem when there seems to not even be enough space for all the junk. The crazy thing about it is, I don’t even know where some of this stuff came from, and why I’ve held onto it for the past few years. Right now, it’s all sitting in my basement, until I find the motivation to take it all to the dump or put it up on craigslist.
There seems to be a little bit of an obvious life lesson that I can learn from this, and I think that we all can at some point. We have a choice in life whether or not we will carry around “junk” with us every day. The junk might be in the form of past regrets, wrong priorities, unhealthy relationships, or striving towards things like popularity, wealth, and status (which at the end of the day, doesn’t really matter). These things can all slip in without us even knowing sometimes, and before we know it, we’re holding onto them, afraid to let go. As much as this may sound like an “Amish” philosophy, this quote speaks volumes of wisdom to me:
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~Hans Hofmann
Sometimes, I feel like we make life a lot more complicated than it ought to be. We have a great example of a simple life lived in Jesus. He placed priority where it really counts, people. He didn’t have much extra aside from that, and encouraged the disciples to leave all their possessions behind in order to follow Him the best they could. As different as the times are now, 2000 years later, this calling for us is still the same. So my encouragement for all of us right now, is that we’ll look at our lives and see if there is any extra “junk” that we are carrying around, holding us back from really fully living the way we’re created to. Let’s pray together that God would free us of regret, worry, and any baggage that keeps us from moving forward, and moving on!