What to Keep and What to Lose

In one’s lifetime there will always come a time of decision; What must I surrender to the trash bin? In a previous blog I mentioned that we (my wife and I) were confronted with a new decision, brought about by some health considerations, to move to more accommodating surroundings; i.e. a Senior Living Center.

Our home of some thirty years and many possessions of a lifetime of over eighty, are now subjected to scrutiny and disposition. Timid and selective at first, we placed things into piles for later consideration. Soon it became obvious that we were just treading water.

Amazingly, throwing away is a little like eating potato chips; one e you have started you just can’t stop. Tons of stuff, once thought somewhat vital to our well-being or comfort were cast away or found a home elsewhere. The closing of my art studio for instance required that I find a home for many, many art works. I had long been convinced that there would come another opportunity to sell them. This was all a matter of pride; their value a matter of what they would bring in the marketplace. Their value and disposition was in fact , and is, a matter for the Giver of all Gifts to decide. Some I had promised the Spirit that I would never sell; those were ones of biblical content that I showed in Churches and a few public areas  over the years. Some were a simple recounting of God’s work round about us in nature and His many creations.

God said; “It is important that you give them away selectively rather than for someone else to do it”. So it is with many of our other belongings that have family history. While it was speculated that E-Bay and Craigslist could hardly wait to sell these things. we found little desire to pursue it.

God has placed us in a position of steady release of those things that we covet and feel necessary for our comfort and well being; that seem as some kind of representation of who we are. In this He has purpose; that we recognize the catharsis of surrender; once undertaken, we cannot stop.

We are not nearly purged of this stuff, but we are getting there with a small series of “thank you’s ” that we are sharing with the Lord, now with the question; “Lord, why did you not think of this sooner?” I will not share His reply.

The Lord further spoke to us clearly in His Word as found in Hebrews 10:35; “Do not, therefore (however), fling away your fearless confidence, for it contains great and glorious compensation and reward”.

Releasing much of us that ties us to this world and it’s perceived pleasures leaves us with the greater understanding that we must surrender our supposed securities to the knowledge that in doing so, it will make the way forward with gifts founded only in Him and His love.

Thank you Lord, we needed that. His reply? “I know!”.

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I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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3 Responses to What to Keep and What to Lose

  1. When we sold our sugar cane farm and moved into town 15 years ago, we moved numerous cartons of “stuff” into the huge shed. Those cartons remain untouched but I can’t persuade my hubby to accept that we don’t need them – or the loads of “stuff” filling the cupboards in the house. Oh well . . .

  2. mtsweat says:

    A wealth of wisdom to digest. Our hearts are never far from our treasures are they good friend? Many blessings this day as you share truths we would do well to learn earlier on in our lives… may we do so.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Thank you for sharing your valuable thoughts and senior year experiences UM. They are very valuable for us who will come after you.

    Some “keeps” we must remember too:
    Keep God’s Word in our hearts that we might not sin
    Keep the knowledge that God’s love and plans for us are of hope and for our good
    Jesus will keep us in perfect peace we I stay our minds on Him
    Jesus is preparing a place in heaven for us.

    Some “lose” we remember:
    The Lord will never leave us alone even if we lose everything we own on this earth
    We can gain the whole world and lose our souls
    We should not lose heart no matter what happens as the Lord is our Avenger.

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