We live surrounded by stuff of all kinds. There are physical, emotional, spiritual clutters that keep us in bondage. It all requires time-time to care for, clean, maintain, admire, hate and other time consuming activities. Out of it all, what is really necessary? Imagine a fire, flood, tornado or hurricane was coming right at your home and you had only ten minutes to grab things. What would you save? Your loved ones of course. People always are more important than things. They cannot be replaced like Grandma’s dishes can be with others.
So why do we wear ourselves out with all the “stuff” in our homes? In the last year, I have been intentional about removing clutter and items that are not used from our home. Store bought wall art has been replaced by my own grandson’s beautiful face in framed photographs or by my own special photography. Mass produced knickknacks have been removed, donated to the local thrift store. Surfaces are clear, clean and bright. Closets are more than half empty since all the clothing we never wore anyway has been given away.
My point is that when we focus on what is really necessary, we have a lightened load. Shelter, food, clothing and transportation are really all that matters. Coming to this realization opens a whole new door to a place of peace, rest and free time to spend without little ones. Rather than dusting and cleaning stuff that is unnecessary and unloved, we can spend the time with people. THAT is very necessary indeed.
So when reaching for an item at the local store, reconsider. Is that really necessary? Probably not. Then hug your grandchild and let him or her know just how important they are and how thankful you are to have been chosen to raise them. Love is always and forever something we cannot get too much of.