Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
I moved just a few weeks ago to a cheaper apartment, just two miles down from my old one. The first few weeks were…scary. Apparently the previous tenant had left things helter-skelter and they had to do a major overhaul, new carpet, appliances, etc. They only had about a week and a half to get things ready before I absolutely had to move in. So, there were a lot of loose ends when I did, a LOT of loose ends.
I called a friend (so sorry) at around 1 a.m. the morning of my first night’s stay and started crying, I think I went through a laundry list of everything that was wrong and ended with, “This place smells weird.” It did, it smelled like a hotel. Hotels are great for a night, maybe even a week, but to set up permanent residence?
About two weeks later Little A and I left to see my family for a week. When we came back about one quarter of the apartment was flooded. Every time the people upstairs took a shower, water came out of the pipe under their shower and dumped directly into our bathroom–and surrounding areas…
God is good. If this kind of thing would have happened in my 20’s, my head would have no doubt popped off my head. But this could be fixed.
Lately, before the move, I’ve been thinking a lot about stuff, how to get rid of it, what to get rid of, how easy and simple a life of minimalism really is and more often than not, the first part of this verse in Hebrews has been running through my mind at the store, “Be content with what you have.”
Someone once said to me, “Everything has a shelf life.” Good point. If your shoes have holes in them, buy a new pair. Need new underwear? Buy it. You’ll meet extremes in this life for sure, but these (extreme minimalism vs. extreme excess) take a lot of work. Why not look to the ant, consider it’s ways and be wise as scripture says, or the flowers of the field and how God clothes them. Thank God for the little extra that flows in at times and be grateful and share it. When things are lean, buckle down, save your pennies and still find ways to be generous. The Sunday School teacher put it pretty beautifully this last Sunday to the group of 2nd graders: she told the kids to extend their hands in front of them with palms up. “See,” she said, “how can you expect to receive anything if your hand isn’t outstretched in giving?”
The apartment is dry now and for that I am thankful. Albeit, the closets have acquired a new smell: spicy.
Care to share a way that God’s been teaching you contentment recently?