“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.“
Ah, the dreaded “do-I-really-need-this?” topic. It can feel like a gut-punch to simplify your things! This past week I worked on this stewardship principle with my 7 year-old daughter, who cried at the tiniest thought of giving away a toy she didn’t even use anymore. We become more attached to our possessions than we realize, and we can begin to believe that our value/purpose/success/memories are dependent upon our ownership of “things.”
God challenges us to be content with what we have been given, whether that is little or much. Our identity is found in Him, not saving or discarding. Our things should never become THE thing. When we value what we have been given, there will be evidence of it. Some good indicators? Taking care of the items you own; not having too many items; being generous with what we have been given.
How do you handle your possessions?
1.) Time to let down your guard: Pray for God to reveal to you any items/possessions in your life that He wants you to —
a.) be a better caretaker of, or
b.) wants you to donate/throw away.
2.) How does that make you feel? What does God say He wants to show you about your own heart concerning possessions? Repent if needed.
3.) Do the hard thing: Donate/throw away or take care of those items this week. Thank God for the ways He has blessed you with everything you need.