Thursday, July 09, 2009

Set Your Minds on Things Above

In Col. 3, Paul teaches us to "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things", that "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God....For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."

As I've been packing up to move, this has been a real battle for me. I have been enjoying listening to my ipod - sermons worth mentioning like What to Do If You Don’t Love God from Capitol Hill Baptist Church)... and in the midst of that dealing with what earthly things to keep, and which to get rid of.

There is so much in my home that is precious for the moment (kid's artwork, cards from hubby, personal journals, sewing machine, dining room set, toys, kitchen tools, etc.etc.etc) and yet there is a point where it becomes too much to keep. How do you determine that point? Do you have a strategy? I am finding that I am throughout the day, pleading with God for wisdom. The conversations run something like this: "Should I keep this glitter glue... We could use it for a homeschool activity in the fall... I don't really have the space for it... Father, HELP!!"

"How about the teacups from Gramma Shirley? They'd make such a special tea time with the elderly ladies of the new church, when they come over to visit.... but I have the set from Oma Weinert, the set from my mom, and the set of cups that came with my everyday dishes.... What do I do, Lord?"

It seems crazy, I'm sure, but I feel like the battle for our home and for materialism is waging an ugly head - worse than I've ever encountered in a mall (which is surprising me). And I'm not sure if it's because I have people and memories linked to a lot of my stuff, since they were gifts. At which point do you give away a gift and feel like you're not becoming a traitor.

Well, I've got to leave it there. I'm limiting myself to 15 minutes per blog post. Love to hear your wisdom on this topic. In the meantime, I will keep trying to think of heaven, and hopefully I'll realize that even the most precious things here, can be let go, "in the light of His glory and grace".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Mar -- didn't know you were up again on here -- I have found that if I let my girls handle some of those things, and install slate kitchen floors I no longer have to stress about whether to keep some of them, it's hard to serve tea in a smashed cup!! (I won't mention the things that Joey has broken and then hidden at the back of the cupboard waiting til my new baby hormones balanced out a bit - or did i tell you that story?)

Love ya