Friday, September 19, 2008

Stuff & Junk

Material possesions, your belongings, clothes, knick-knacks, and even money. How much do you own? How much should we own? When is it too much and when is it a sin? The issues of material possesions can really hinder our journey with God.

It's a simple question, be honest with yourself. How much stuff do you own? Is every inch of your room or house filled with stuff? I used to have a lot of stuff, as a teenager it's harder to be material conscious. But now as a young adult, I have realized that I had a lot of junk, stuff...this, that. I used to have soo much that I didn't have enough space for everything! I had way too many clothes, clothes that I rarely even wore. Go through your things and see how much you actually own.

What do you need? So this is the next step. Once you have seen that you have more then you need go through your things and ask "what do I need?" and needs and wants are completely different! Be honest with yourself or this process is pointless. I remember coming to that moment where I looked around my room and was like, why do I have all this stuff? I dont even use half of it! And telling myself that I would get rid of all those things. Things that you need include, underware, clothes, personal hygene, bed and all sorts. Things that you have NOT used within the last 2-3 months (except seasonal items like coats and boots) should be gotten rid of. Give it to charity or sell it in a garage sale.

The issues with stuff. God says that you can only serve one. You cannot serve God and Money. God or TV, God or materials. You get the idea. If you can't be content with what you already own then you probably have a problem. If you need new things to make you feel happy, you have some issues you need to work on with God. If you look at materials as a way to prove your worth or your self esteem, you are going down a very dangerous path. You cannot LOVE your posessions and God at the same time. God says those who lose their life will gain it. Meaning those who leave worldy flesh addictions behind will gain a fruitfull life with God. Remember you can't bring anything to heaven. If you look at something and say "if it was stolen I would be absolutely devistated" perhaps you should start working on getting rid of it NOW. There is nothing in my room or that I own that I would lose myself over if it was gone. And that's a place that we all need to find.

Memory items. Yes, memory items are good to keep... but don't be excessive! You don't need more then one item per memory. Make them small items and place them in boxes so they don't get in your way. Though do not get attached to memory items, though they can be nice reminders all that matters is you have the memory in your mind. And that alone should keep you satisfied. If my memory items were accidently burned in a fire.. no loss to me... they arent worth anything because its still in my mind.

Nice things. Yes you are allowed and should have nice things. It isnt a sin to have or want nice things, or new things even. As long as you aren't attached. Buying things you don't need. If you have trouble with clothes or collecting, put up an agreement. Promise yourself you will remove one item when you buy a new item. I bought new runners, I had money for it (cash) and didn't own any runners so I needed some runners. I didn't buy expensive ones either... because it doesn't matter if people think your cheap or think less of you because you bought it from walmart. I feel bad for those people.

Do not love your stuff, do not love your money. Plain and simple.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Solve your own issues!

Something that I've seen a lot of lately, and I don't quite understand. People get so caught up in stressing out or getting mad about other peoples problems. They can only think of what is wrong with other people. The sad part is that most of the time they preach at these people, telling them to change when they themselves can't change.

I used to be in denial about a lot of things. But as I grew up... between the ages of 18-20 (It means your an adult, and should act like one) I realized there were a lot of things wrong with me. And not in a depressing way, in a good growing/ self aware way. Sometimes the truth does hurt, I know... but isn't it better to be finally free of it then to be in pain from hiding it all the time? So as God showed me the things I needed to work on... such as forgiveness, anger, judgement(still working on that one) and understanding. I started to ask God for help and wisdom, that I could overcome these things to be a better person in Christ. I have seen defeat over a lot of things in my way of life from that. I constantly ask God "where can I improve, show me what I need to change".

You see, you can't tell other people to change if you can't even recognize your own issues. I think that people are focusing in on other peoples problems because they can't face their own. They don't want to think about it. Because they can't handle the fact that they are no better then the person that bugs them like crazy. Its a defence mechanism. But your only hurting yourself. You get so overwhelmed by taking on other peoples stuff and then your emotions run wild and your life is just one big mish mash of crap.

I realize that it can be hard to change. I know front hand what its like. And it wont happen overnight either. As Joyce Meyers says it "over the years you add knots, and it will take time to undo all those tight knots." But if you ask God to show you what you need to do, I guarantee that you will automatically see a huge improvement. So just think before you get upset over someone elses issue. Its not your life, it's their problem so you don't have to dwell on it. First ask God for help and when you have overcome something then you can use it for good and help and encourage others.

If you haven't changed, don't expect others to. Plain and simple.
(p.s. that doesn't mean you can't be an amazing person and give a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on... but it certainly doesn't mean you have to carry it past that. That's what God's for... to carry our burdens.)