Lately, as I've been homemaking, I've been finding myself a bit discontented with things. The upholstery on our sofa has a big rip, the darkness of our kitchen becomes overwhelming with the shorter days, on and on I could go. Missing the beauty of what God has blessed us with, children to make rips in the furniture and a big kitchen where friends gather and I can bless people with meals and hot bread and cookies and milk.
More and more as I thought on it, I began to see that my life doesn't consist of furniture needing replacement (although some does!) and it doesn't consist of things to be remodeled. I realized I have a lot of "stuff". I am surrounded by things. And so I've been going through things, de-cluttering life, a garbage bag per room.
The guideline I am using is: is this item being used for the service of God or others?
Its been a great screening tool, let me tell you! Does this item bless my family or the people we have in our home? Am I holding on to a useless item for sentimental reasons? Is it something someone else could make use of or be blessed by? Do I have this in my home to impress people or make them comfortable? There is line upon line of thought that can build upon the principle of only having things that are useful for serving God and others.
Well, I'm off to tidy some more! Join me.
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