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Hanging On To And Letting Go Of

Prior to 2008, we lived in a house that was less that 1000 square feet.  Living in that space was fine in 2002 when we moved in, but as our family grew, not in numbers, but in pure size, it began to grow cramped.  We could not go anywhere in the house to get away from each other.

We began work on our current home almost six years ago now.  Finally, in June of 2008, it was done and we were ready to move in.  Done, of course, is the relative term, as there are still projects we want to complete.

Our living situation went from 900 plus square feet to around 2400.  Suddenly, we could hide from each other without even trying.  Sometimes, though, we felt like fleas.  We have lived on top of each other so long, we still hovered around each other with too much frequency.  The closeness we developed may never go away and we aren’t pushing for it either.

Like I said, our home being finished is a relative term.  The upstairs is not finished.  I’m sometimes overwhelmed by how much more house will add when we complete it.  We plan to add another bedroom for eventual grandchildren, a sitting area and a man cave.  We also have some definite ideas about the entire space being a ministry center, of making the entire space a place that can glorify the Lord.

In that upstairs space lies a lot of, for lack of a better term, stuff.  Kids stuff.  Our stuff.  Just stuff, much of it which we haven’t used in years.  Stuff that we only see on occasion when we go up to go through it and cull some it.

We continue to see the wisdom of whittling down what we have stored up there.  I’ve heard it said that you should reduce what you own by ten percent each year.  That makes sense, especially if much of that you haven’t touched in well over a year.

Before we begin work to complete that space, we are going to have to find somewhere to put all of this stuff that we own.  Once complete, there is no way all of this stuff can continue to lie where it does.  Decisions have to be made.

To move forward, we are going to have make decisions about what to hang onto and what to let go.

That seems to be the way it is in life.  We want to cling to some things that hold us back, when what we need to do is let go.  John Piper wrote a bit about this in his book Don’t Waste Your Life.  He discussed how some people work all of their lives just so they can retire and collect seashells on the seashore.

I wonder how many seashells we lying around upstairs?   I wonder how many seashells we are hanging onto?  How many seashells we need to let go?

This winter we’re going to climb the stairs a few times.  We going to survey the situation.

We are going to make some decisions on what we are going to be hanging on to and letting go of.

Do you have trouble making decisions about what to hang on to and what to let go of?

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