I am two days away from moving out of Raleigh, where I have been for the last two years. The last two weeks have been full of throwing stuff away, donating stuff, selling stuff, and storing some stuff. At the end of two weeks I am left with the notion that we have so much stuff!
This has caused me to reflect on my life now and where we will be living in a few months. It has caused me to take a step back and evaluate what it's all worth. This isn't a rant on stuff and how you should or shouldn't have certain things, but it is amazing after living in a place for two years how much stuff you accumulate and then you start realizing how much of it you have never touched since you moved in.
I like how David Platt explains this struggle in his book Radical as he says, "The lesson I learned is that the war against materialism in our hearts is exactly that: a war. It is a constant battle to resist the temptation to have more luxuries, to acquire more stuff, and to live more comfortably."
So deciding what to keep and what to throw/give away in the process of moving overseas has caused me to discern what it is that is really valuable to me. It has forced me to decide what is important enough that I almost consider it an essential to my life.
I keep being reminded and returning to Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
So I encourage you even if you are not moving to take a look at your own life and all of your stuff to evaluate what it's all worth and to see where your treasure really is because that is where your heart is also.