Spiritual Practice


Alina Kanaski, 24

Sometimes I get so sick of stuff. It’s nothing more than clutter that I need to clean and organize. I’m always moving. Putting all of my stuff in boxes and bags, lugging it around, and then unpacking it remind me how much I have. Do I need all this stuff? Do I need six boxes of books, a closet and a dresser full of clothes, seventeen pairs of shoes, three frying pans, and so much makeup?

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
Proverbs 15:16 (NRSV)

Every time I go through my stuff and get rid of some of it, I feel a little freer. Getting it out of my space and passing it on to someone else who can use it feels pretty good too.

Now, when I want to buy something, I think about it first: Do I need this? Do I like this enough that I’ll use it again and again? Is this something for which I’m willing to give up space and money?

I’m glad that I am learning how to deal with stuff. I don’t feel like my possessions own me anymore.


TRY IT: Over the next 30 days, give away some of your stuff—perhaps one item a day. Think twice before you buy more. Discover what difference it makes.

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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