Orang-utans, Gollum and Stuff.

Today my arms are sore. I think by the end of this move I will be walking like an Orang-utan. As I was packing up our books into bags, carrying them to the far away car and then into the new house I was surprised by how many books we have and how heavy they are – they weren’t as heavy as that when we read them and brought them home one by one. Even with editing my books – I didn’t dare edit hubbies as he is like Gollum when it come to his books – we still need a second car load. How did I not notice that the largest item in the house is our ‘library’?

I don’t think I am a person very into possessions; at least I didn’t until we started packing up house. Where has all this stuff come from? Do we really need it? It has been making me think about a few things Jesus said about ‘stuff’:

Matthew 8:20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

  • As we approach Easter I have been considering Jesus’ lifestyle and wondering do I really follow him, or only when it is comfortable.

Matthew 19:21-24 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

  • What do I hold tighter too – God or my stuff?

Matthew 6:24-25 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

  • Who is my master, what do I worry about?

So as I pack I will be more generous with my give away pile and consider what is important. I thinking moving house Jesus style should be easier on my arms and liberating for my heart. Now just to work on Gollum!

2 Replies to “Orang-utans, Gollum and Stuff.”

  1. great post Tracey 🙂
    haha- packed a few boxes of books last night too- they are way too heavy to pack into boxes by themselves!
    Packing house definitely makes you think about how much we rely on ‘stuff’.


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