I just watched the waste management company pick up my neighbor’s trash. I wish getting rid of “stuff” was always as easy as tossing it in a can and wheeling it to the curb. I have a lot of “stuff.” How ’bout you?

Some of my stuff is tangible. I’ve spent the last week purging a drawer here, a closet there. My goal is to work my way through the house in this fashion, in preparation for a grand Tiede garage sale next summer. (Ah, garage sales are another topic of discussion…I’ve committed to only doing one every other year. That committment is subject to change after any given garage sale, if you know what I mean.)

My husband challenged me to do something, that got me thinking about how much we really need. We are leaving on a four day camping trip soon. We’re “tent-ers” and we usually manage to squish all 5 of us and our gear into the mini-van. However, this time we are adding an extra body. Our 10-year-old daughter, Kadi, is bringing her best friend with us. Ah, that means we have to leave in an extra seat….which equates to less packing space. (I offered to stow Claire on the roof or hood. She declined. Go figure.)

So, for the challenge… I was “commissioned” to downsize our 2 humongous rubber tubs, in which we store EVERYTHING, to two small boxes. Hint…this is where you throw your arms over your head, jump up and down, and join me in singing “We are the champion, my friends!” I did it!

Here’s the deal, we actually need a lot less than we think. When I first surveyed our “stuff” I was determined to keep it all. I figured out, however, that there were a lot of extras that we rarely use on these adventures.

I was reminded that I tend to hold on to lots of other things that aren’t necessary, as well…hard feelings, bitterness, anger, disappointment. When we get right down to it, there are only a few things we need to hold on to with fierce determination; faith in Jesus Christ, family, and service to others. (Those are at the top of my list any way.)

“So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out (entrusted to) for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.” 1 Timothy 2:13-14

I can lay down my emotional “stuff,” at the foot of The Cross, any day…I don’t have to wait for garbage pick up.