Can you guess what we did this weekend? You know you have too much stuff when it begins to ooze out of the cupboards and drawers and take over residency in your main living area. Maybe some of you know way before that, but that's my criteria. So the last many months I've known that I needed to do something before I got the dreaded telephone call informing me that I would be the next featured 'guest' on Hoarders.
Anybody else out there wrestle with the whole good steward vs. just get it out of here issue? One day I get the flush it bug. I decide that our quality of life will improve vastly if I just make a trip to the local thrift store drop off. As soon as I get to rounding everything up I get this little devil/angel thing going on my shoulders.
- angel/devil: Good for you!
- angel/devil: What do you think you're doing?
- angel/devil: This is good stewardship.
- angel/devil: Is this good stewardship?
- angel/devil: Life is going to be so much simpler if you just haul it off right now!
- angel/devil: Shouldn't you recoup some cash for the household budget?
You may notice here that I didn't indicate who (devil or angel) says what. If only I were sure, it would make everything simpler. What do you think?
You may think from these pictures that I decided the angel was pressing for the cash. No, I just had a friend who needed to supplement her household budget after a surgery left her 6 weeks out of work. She had lot's of stuff that never made it out of boxes after she moved last summer. I had the better location so she showed up with helpers, and her yard sale morning survival kit. Orange juice, muffins and mochas a la Mindi.
The more I think about it, I guess I am leaning more toward the angel/sell it theory. The sun was shining for the first time in a good while, people came in droves and Mindi successfully closed shop praising God for His provision.
Maybe the devil says sell it if it just keeps you from quickly handling what you should be handling. And the angel says sell it if your cash will benefit someone else... Again I ask, what do you think?