My Stuff in Storage

Posted: September 27, 2007 in Daily Blog

images1.jpgLast May my family and I packed all our belongings and left. I had a great job, at a great church, but it was clearly time for us to go. So we left Wylie Texas, near Dallas, and moved back to Colorado Springs, our home. Not really knowing what was next, we moved in with my In-Laws, and put all our stuff in storage. Then I began the tedious task of finding work – asking the question, “what’s next?” I had interviews with places from Buffalo New York, Chicago, Carlsbad CA, and even Ohio, but nothing seemed to be just right. After a couple months, a local opportunity opened up and it was a perfect match! So finally, this weekend, we are moving into a house here in the Springs!

I don’t know if you have ever been away for an extended period of time, but if you have you know the feeling you get. You begin to miss the things in your life that make it feel “homey.” A chair that you sit in every day, the dishes you use, your espresso machine, pictures on the wall of family, or artwork that you love. Those things that make you feel like you belong here. Not to mention the space that is your own! Living in someone else’s home, or in a place that is not yours makes you do things differently. From preparing meals, to relaxing in your favorite way, can all be put on hold while you are away. So you can imagine how excited we are to take possession of our things again and our own space again. Moving into a place we can call “home.”

It is so easy to take our stuff for granted! You get used to it, and maybe even tired of it. We are so blessed to live in a place where we have plenty! And if we want more, we save or borrow (thanks Visa!) and go get more. We have something we love, then we see something a little better, and we don’t love it so much anymore! We can be pretty fickle sometimes! Yet when you see how people in other places live, sometimes just down the street, you realize that our consumerism can easily become a sickness! We have grown accustomed to filling our lives with nice things, and yet most of the people in the world don’t even have a bed to sleep on. We buy our kids ipods, and others live in poverty. I am not suggesting that we sell all we own to give to the poor, merely that we reconsider how we appreciate the things that we do have. Instead of trying to “keep up with the Jones’s” I should be thankful for the things that I do have! If you need a new outlook on your stuff, pack it all up, put it in storage, and live with your In-Laws for 4 months!

I can’t wait to move in to our house!

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Comments
  1. very timely – Michael emailed this from Singapore this morning…

    “Yesterday, I went to some of the poorest places in Manila, Philippines. I walked through dark, concrete corridors to visit a grandmother, her granddaughter and husband and their baby. The husband and wife are only 16 years old, but they are already parents. It’s wonderful that they brought a life into this world, but what’s sad is that they will have a very hard time getting out of poverty at the same time that they are trying to take care of their baby. They aren’t even old enough to get married yet. They (all four people) live in a tiny room that is smaller than one of our vans. It made me very sad.”

  2. grahamprouty says:

    Maybe we should all spend some time in a place where rooms are smaller than the cars we drive to give us some perspective! Thanks for sharing Michael’s words with us!

  3. Lance says:

    Just when you thought it was safe…here I am! 🙂 An expresso machine?! Hum…now I know where some fellowship can happen! But seriously, isn’t it amazing when we put faith in God that he will give to us the discovery of what is best for us?! That you took the time to wait and let events occur is a great blessing for us! You (and all of your family!) have been the answer to many prayers from us in other words!

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