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It’s a big week in the Attard household. Moving week!
I’m sitting in an empty townhouse waiting for the movers to bring all our big gear. Over the last few days, we’ve been carting boxes and little stuff from our old townhouse to our new lodgings.
It’s funny, we only moved about 18 months ago and I didn’t realize we still had so much “stuff”. A move is a good time to clear out all that stuff you’ve just been storing for no particular reason and I thought we were relatively ruthless about doing that the last time we moved. But it seems like we just replaced that stuff with a whole bunch of other stuff and there are still boxes of stuff that haven’t even been opened after the last move. That’s a lot of stuff!
As I sit here in the mild chaos, it’s seems increasingly obvious to me that we can live our lives in a very similar way.
As we traverse through life, we seem to collect a whole bunch of “stuff”. Some of that stuff we’ve only recently collected and some we’ve been carrying a long time. Some of it we’ve hidden away and forgotten about and some of it is cluttering up our lives making us somewhat uncomfortable.
I’m sure you know the stuff I mean. Hurt. Disappointment. Unforgiveness. Brokenness. Fear. You know … just stuff.
But it’s this stuff that makes us sit in the middle of our lives feeling like we’re living in mild chaos … or worse. It’s this stuff that causes us to live fettered and constrained – unable to live free and clear thinking lives.
But Jesus came to give us a life that is free from that stuff. We forget that and we end up owning all this stuff that only brings us to a place of chaos.
The old saying goes, “The more things you own, the more they own you.” But we have a choice. We don’t have to “own” the hurt or the bitterness. We don’t have to “own” that disappointment or fear.
And as we choose not to own those things, we choose not to be owned by them. We can then rejoice with Paul and affirm his words in 1 Cor 6:19 that we are not our own. We’ve been bought with a price.
Let me encourage you to do a bit of a stocktake on your life. What stuff are you carrying that you could jettison and begin to live freer.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday
Alex & Sarah