Our house is small compared to most, certainly smaller than any other place I’ve lived in. We refer to it as The Cottage. The size requires creativity and space management. Accumulation takes it’s toll. When you get down to it, no matter what size of my home, I’ve invested a serious amount of time to organizing, cleaning out, re-arranging, and de-cluttering. And. The time it takes to hunt for something, the-where-did-I put-that-search, has added up throughout the years. I think it all started for me when I lost my library book and coat on the same day in first grade. So. I could blame this on my parents.
But. In reality I know it’s about living in the culture of “have.”
It’s the same with my time. When there’s more packed into my schedule, there’s less time to experience the richness of life. I’ve come to believe the culture of “have” has also created the “have to.” I have to do this . . . and I have to do that . . . and, then, I will breathe. There never seems to be enough time to pause and breathe and enjoy when I’m immersed in the “have to.”
All that said, I recognize the blessing of being a part of the “have” of this world; however, the excess of it all must be seen as a detriment to fully experiencing the blessing. To be blessed, not consumed, is key to it all. One thing is for sure, time slips away quickly and easily wasted on what does not matter. I have been with enough people in their final hours of life to say that the struggle of regret is distressing and extremely difficult to end with.
When we live more consumed than blessed, there’s a need to detox, de-clutter, and decompress from the “have” and “have to.”
The Apostle Paul explained it to the Early Church:
Acts 20:35 (The Voice): This is my last gift to you, this example of a way of life: a life of hard work, a life of helping the weak, a life that echoes every day those words of Jesus our King, who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Pause. Take a breath. Live blessed.
Taking a breath . . . blessed.
We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication for March in a couple of weeks. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.