Friday, July 12, 2013

Let's Get Real: Why Do I Buy So Much For My House?

I'll never forget 10 plus years ago being in college and telling God that I would go anywhere even if it meant living in a hut in Africa. 

I wanted to be a world changer. It was a lot easier to say that when I had nothing and was speaking only for myself. 

Sam and I feel completely called to Minnesota and know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that God did a complete miracle in bringing our family together and in allowing us to live in this home. (I hope to share that story at some point.)

However let's get real...I think at times I have convinced myself that my personality would only work here...with all of my stuff. Where I can create order in my home and have as many plastic bins as I deem necessary. And where I can also have Home Depot down the street with any and all paint colors at my fingertips. However, the truth rocks my core. 

None of it matters.

I would give it all up.

More days than not I have to check my heart at the door and ask myself some hard questions.

I came across this clip of Jen Hatmaker sharing on possessions. A quote from the video is below. I would say that it is worth watching. 

All 4.25 minutes of it. 

"Why do I buy so much for my house? Why do I keep filling it with more and more things? Why do I keep re-doing it and adding and adding and filling it? What is my real motivation here, which is a hard question to ask and an even harder question to answer. Why do I spend so much time, energy and lets be fair, money... filling this house with more stuff I don't need."
 

Wow, right! What are your thoughts?


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12 comments:

  1. Having a space where my children love well, and are loved well...yep.
    We visited Haiti earlier this year and when we returned home, my home was almost a clausterphobic environment for me. The simplicity of really having only the things that matter drew me in.
    I am slowly in the process of paring down a bit in our home. It's difficult to do with four children, but they tend to thrive more when they have time with people and no so much with stuff. They are also more creative when they have less to work with.
    Nice post Sarah!

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    1. Heather,

      I can only imagine how wonderful that trip was! I've also seen my kids get way more creative when they have less to work with. Simplicity is great and loving well...priceless.

      ~Sarah

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  2. Love your blog, definately bookmarking it for when I have a little more time. Visiting from Quite Simply.

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    1. Susan,

      That is so sweet, thank you! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. all I have to say is I am thankful God sent u to MN and not Africa
    ~Chantal~

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    1. Chantal,

      Me too...there are some pretty fun people in MN. ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. I really enjoyed the video clip, so thanks for sharing that. I agree with what you said: "None of it matters. I would give it all up." I am currently in the process of getting rid of a lot of things, getting down to what we really need. Unfortunately, I grew up in a household with a lot of things and collections, so I am a pack rat. I grew up having things and liking having things. But the more things I have, the less space I have in my home. I recently rearranged some furniture after getting rid of several pieces of furniture and my 1 1/2 year old has a big empty area in the dining room to play. So that alone is wonderful. What's the point of having so much stuff in your home if there's no room for the people in your home?

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    1. Amelia,

      It is amazing the space that we find when we remove things that matter less.

      ~Sarah

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  5. Why do I spwnd money on & decorate my house? Well, I'm not an artist, I can't play an instrument & I'm not very good at sewing, so I guess, in a way, decorating my house is my creative outlet. I also believe that pride of ownership, whether it's a two story house or a hut, is universal. And at the end of the day, yeah, they're just *things*. But they're fun.

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    1. I love having a creative outlet too...decorating is such a fun way to be creative. I'll leave the instrument playing to my husband! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  6. Wow, that was really profound. I'm going to be processing that for a while. Thanks so much for sharing (I think I'm going to have to do the same!)

    Emily

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    1. Emily,

      I'm still processing it...what a journey, right.

      ~Sarah

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