Possessions

Heyoo guys. So today was a bummer. I was having a peachy day, enjoying the morning. Woke up an hour early because of daylight savings and had an extra hour to spare. Went to church with my husband and baby. Had some lunch with friends. Drove home and my I-phone flew off the back of my car. Wait, what doesn’t fit?

Yes. So I have a major problem with multi-tasking. Somehow I get distracted and do ridiculous things like put my black I-phone on top of my black car thinking I will remember to grab it as I nurse my child in the back seat, and suddenly fifteen minutes later we hear a thump on the highway and I realize it just flew off the car and was ran over by the giant truck behind us. I forgot my phone on top of my car. What was I thinking?!

To further the situation, the brilliant lady I am never even backed up my phone on I-cloud. So, yep friends, I lost everything. Every number, every note, every app I paid for, and every stinking PICTURE of my cute baby girl for the past two months. This is very sad.

Needless to say, I was in very sad bear mode for two hours. Thank heavens we had plans with people that involved bike riding around downtown Denver, drinking Mexican Mocha’s, and eating yummy pizza. This cheered me up, and also got me thinking.

How come our possessions mean so much to us? I mean, my heart is wrenching over those lost pictures. But in reality, it is just a phone. None of us died, and I lost minimal money. Yet, this occasion almost caused me to loose my cool. I was so mad at myself.

Then I come to think of those people right now in the midst of the terror of the hurricane. Vacating their homes and many of their memories and belongings. Or how about all of the families in Colorado who lost their homes to wildfires. Or those who lost their loved ones… my heart aches for that kind of a loss. I literally don’t know how I would handle it.

Today helped me realize an important lesson. Pictures are important, but I have my living picture with me daily. I can look at my daughter any time I want, and take a mental picture. My heart carries my most important treasures, and everything else material can truly be taken at any moment. What am I capturing and treasuring in my heart? Because that is what truly matters. Everything else is something I am just a temporary steward of. I am born without any possessions and I die without any possessions. 

I think it also helps me to realize how important it is to live simply, pack light, and be generous with my belongings and willing to give and share anything I have with those in need. 

See, when I sit back and really reflect on what I do have in my life, it is enough. I have one thing that is enough. I have everything in Jesus. All my loved ones, all my hopes, my future, and my identity. I am so thankful for this. All things can be taken from me, but not one person or thing in the universe can steal my soul from me. 

Possessions are wonderful gifts and can make our lives easier and more comfortable. But I need to remember to release the power they have on my life and be OK with having less if need be. I have my pictures of my daughter written in my mind and on my heart, I have my friends still and they can give me their phone numbers first hand, I have note pads, I don’t need apps REALLY. Was it a loss? Of course. Do I regret being dumb and sticking  my phone on my car? YES. Did I learn a lesson to always put my phone in my purse. Duh. It sucks shelling out cash for negligence. Yet the most valuable lesson I learned is that my phone took up way too much of my energy and I got way too down in the dumps over one possession gone. 

What other things do I hold way too high in value that I need to be willing to let go? I will be pondering this :). 

Acts 2:44-45


And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.


Matthew 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Have a blessed day. 



Comments

  1. says

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous post!! I am looking around my home wondering what possessions I place up near God? It’s a sickening thought, really. Thank you for this reminder. Xoxo

  2. says

    Hi Marci! Oh I am so glad you can relate. It is so hard! You are so sweet thanks for commenting and stopping by. I just read your post. I hope you are all doing well after your weekend. It looked very full of God :).

    Have a blessed day.

    Tiffany

  3. says

    So great of you to share this. I was just thinking the same thing today. and we were talking about it in bible study tonight. what if our possessions or things we loved were taken away. how would we react. I have a hard time sometimes setting my eyes heavenward and focusing on those things that are enteral and not the things of this world. I hope you get a new phone soon. thanks for sharing your heart and I am sorry about your phone and especially the pictures.

    • says

      Thanks Jessica! You are awesome. It is crazy you were thinking the same thing today. Sounds like you have a good group of friends to process these things with. That is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, and I will get a new phone soon :).

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

      Tiff

  4. says

    I love this post! It’s funny how little things can make you see such a bigger, more important picture! (But I am sorry about your phone!) Thanks for coming by my blog and following! I am happy to be following you back! Also, I am having a giveaway if you are interested!
    XOXO, Leslie

  5. says

    Following you back through GFC! Thanks for your perspective and insight, we all need to be reminded sometimes. Too bad about your phone though 🙁

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