Yard Sale results are in - $278 in total profits. We even sold a treadmill for $25. That's quite the bargain. I have to admit, I wasn't very excited about this endeavor. We had to go through all the stuff in the house that I was very sure I needed to have but really hadn't used in 5 years. I wasn't excited about moving furniture over to my aunt's house, or about getting up at 5 AM on a Saturday. Thankfully, Ferris was a good motivator and helps me get over my pack-rat ways.
I can tell you, though, that now that the sale is over, the house looks great. There is no more clutter, we have way more room, and it just feels good to get rid of the junk. It doesn't hurt that we made some money either. I guess the point is that it's amazing how much stuff can clutter up our lives without us even realizing it. How all of the random stuff can lessen our enjoyment of the really important and essential things. I think that today I will try and take an inventory of my life and heart. Is there anything that I have been holding onto that I don't need or that is stealing my joy? Am I overwhelmed with "stuff" and busyness that I am not enjoying the simple beauty of life and the abundant blessings God has lavished upon me? Is my time focused on what really matters?
It seems like these would be good questions to ask not just about our lives, but our churches and ministries as well. May we never get distracted seeking after things, even good things, that in the end keep us from fulfilling our mission of bringing glory to God and seeing people's lives changed by Him.