Simplifying the heart

clutterAll my life I have wanted a simple life.   Growing up I often got rid of a garbage bag filled with clothes to give away or things I didn’t think I would use.  I continued this even as I got older.  Writing this makes me think wow I must have a lot of excess if I can get rid of that much.

As a teacher I purge documents each year.  I also try to get rid of books too, which is difficult.  I found praying before I started to simplify my belongings helped to rid myself of the attachment.

Recently I got rid of movies I no longer needed.  The movies no longer were needed to fill the hole in my heart that was now filled.  I could give them to someone else to enjoy.  And that was the key to letting go.  Someone else could benefit.  When I had this mentality it was much easier.

Now I feel I am at a place where I have simplified my belongings as much as I can at the present time.  So my thoughts shifted to simplifying my thoughts and ideas.  I have way too many website links, which causes frustration when I try to find something.  I have too many documents on my computer and journals I likely no longer need.  So I simplified those as well.

I don’t want more but I still feel attached to what I have.  I simplify because I feel like all the things in our house weigh on my heart.  I feel like we have an exorbitant amount of things when I look at our garage, and yet so much is frequently used: the snow blower, the bikes, the lawnmower, the tools, the garden supplies, and the grill.

  • How much ithankfuls too much?
  • Should we get rid of it?  Maybe the heart of the issues is my own guilt when so many have so little.  Why do I have so much?  I guess I don’t know how to deal with these feelings.
  • My first step in simplifying the heart would be to feel grateful and to use what we have, to accept our situation as a blessing.
  • My next step is to work on detachment from my belongings, knowing that everything we have is a blessing from God and that at any moment it could all be lost.

I watched a few video sermons and found the quotes in the beginning inspirational and the sermon ideas a reality check.  If you’d like to know what the Bible says about simplicity watch these sermons.

May you find contentment in what you have.

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