Reflecting on what is “enough”

Posted: 09/14/2010 in clutter, real life

It’s embarrassing. I mean, really.

We have a house full of “STUFF” and just put about 1/3 of it in a storage unit. Other than minor inconveniences, I really haven’t missed what’s in storage. I could use some of the kitchen tools and so on that are boxed up and in the storage unit, but a lot of the things are truly not “essentials.”

I thought about some of the things as I packed them…

– extra crystal (in patterns that aren’t my favorite)
– promotional beer glasses
– silver what-nots, including a collection of random spoons that aren’t for my spoon rack
– THREE sets of china (OK 2 of them are for our daughters. but really)
– books, towels, knick-knacks and… yikes more STUFF

Some things I could easily toss into a recycling box, offer on Freecycle, or trash. Other things I gently re-packed and put away. The difference was my emotional attachment to them (either positive or guilty feelings) which allowed me to let them go or made me regretfully keep them. Similarly, items which belonged to others and were important to THEM I could quickly have tossed — but they are attached to them. So we kept them…

For instance — We have FOUR sugar/creamer sets in casual patterns (ceramic, stoneware, etc.) FOUR. That doesn’t include the ones which are in my crystal or china sets. I’m thinking that we should be able to let a couple of those go.

The question that keeps coming up is “what is ENOUGH” and “what is hoarding” — ??

I don’t have the answer. But I know we could live with less. And I sure don’t want to “rich” in the wrong “STUFF” and be poor towards God…

Luke 12

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with those who store up things for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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