Cleaning Out the Garage – A Heart Issue? [Day 25 of 31]

Cleaning out the garage.  Yuck!

That’s what we (ok, mostly Steve;) are doing on this beautiful day.

We moved in May and have been remodeling our house while living in it . Just FYI, I don’t recommend doing this.  Ever.  The remodel is almost done and anything from the garage that needs moved inside is on its way in.

Except, 95% of the garage doesn’t belong in the house.  Or in the garage.  It’s just stuff and books and…well, more books.

Here’s the sad part:  We’re cleaning the garage because we don’t want to pay for our storage space anymore.  Yes, you read that right.  In addition to all the stuff in the garage, we pay for a storage space.

We have too much stuff!

So, Less Me, More Jesus is about to be applied to my stuff too.

Standing in the garage, I feel convicted – very convicted – about how much stuff I have and my need to hold on to it.  In fact, Matthew 6: 19-21 is on replay in my head:  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Ugh.  Where is my treasure?  Where is my heart?

Why are we holding on this stuff?  What’s the heart issue?

I told my husband, “the heart issue is…I am trying to save money.  If our microwave breaks, I may need the spare one that’s in the garage.”  Before I even finished this sentence, I mentally slapped myself.  Really?  A reserve microwave?  Ridiculous.  I am sure someone can use it.  (If you need it, let me know – it’s yours!)

So, Steve and I are looking at everything in the garage with fresh eyes – and hearts.  What should we keep? Toss?  Give away?

Ummm….most of it.

Sadly, I don’t think it’s just my garage that needs an overhaul.  My closet is bulging, my plastic wear is spilling from the cabinet, my Bath and Body Works stash could be mistaken for a store, and boxes of books sit in my basement – and the bookshelves are full.

Less Stuff, More Jesus.

Note: I didn’t say stuff was wrong…I said my stuff evidences where my heart and treasure are leaning.  I am reminded of the Parable of the Rich Fool, specifically verse 15:  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

I don’t think God’s commanding me to donate all the stuff in my garage, but He is asking me to examine my heart…my reason for keeping all this stuff…the reasons for buying all this stuff in the first place.

What is that about?  I need to be on my guard against all kinds of greed.  Life isn’t measured by how much I own.  I want to store up possessions in heaven, not in my garage or storage space or closet.

What about you?  Does the clutter in your house, storage shed, or basement frustrate you?  Are books falling off your bookcase?  Are you always looking for a place to store or stuff something?

If so, I’d encourage you to examine your heart – you never know what might God might reveal there.

Meanwhile…back to the garage…

Comments

  1. First off, Im not going to lie, I burst out laughing about the extra microwave, and second that def is ALOT of stuff. My basement actually makes me cringe when I go down. I feel overwhelmed the minute I walk down the stairs. I am really trying to get rid of stuff but I apparently have attachment issues, and I wonder where my kids get it from. :S

    • Funny thing, JoAnne…a friend read about the microwave on my blog…and she’d been wanting a microwave but doesnt have the money for one. So, she’s getting a microwave, and I’m letting go:)

  2. Yes, that’s when I make a run to GoodWill. Extra stuff means more dusting. Good post!

  3. I sooo identified with this post! I have been slowly clearing out excess – nearly finished in my kitchen. Goin’ minimalist! I could probably make a lot of money selling my ‘stuff’ but the Lord impressed on my heart that I need to bless someone else with it as He has blessed me. It’s been quite freeing! I need more Jesus and less stuff! 😎

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Debbie….I need to keep going. I seem to debate over EVERY item! But, I can’t wait to know exactly what I have and where it is:)

  4. Julie Wagner says:

    So glad I’m not the only one with a bunch of stuff!! I don’t have a problem letting go of stuff, it’s the two boys in my house who must have professional yard saler/auction hunter in their blood!! Stuff truly weighs down your heart, mood and everything else. Good luck with your stuff Sarah! Love your post!

  5. This is awesome, friend. And it’s going to be sooooo freeing. Just you wait and see.

  6. Brian Turner says:

    Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?

    Brian

  7. I appreciate that

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