Are You Carrying Too Much Stuff?

Are You Carrying Too Much Stuff?

We all have stuff. Too much of it probably.

I know I do. Like anyone who’s lived in the same house for many years, I have collected lots of stuff. Stuff in the attic. Stuff in the basement. The garage. Closets. Junk drawers. Not to mention all the stuff I use on a daily basis.

Every now and then I get rid of some of my stuff. It gives me a good feeling when I let go of stuff. It’s freeing. It gives me more peace, more white space.

We collect other kinds of stuff, too. Stress. Worries. Frustrations. Responsibilities. Emotional baggage. Guilt. Shame. Injustice. Lost dreams.

Unfortunately, we can’t gather up that kind of stuff and donate it to Goodwill.

But we can give it to God.

He can handle what we cannot. He promises us peace in our souls, but in order to enjoy it we must give him our stuff.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

It should be easy to let go of the stuff we don’t want in our lives. The stuff that weighs us down. But it’s not.

Why?

Why do I have such a hard time giving my stuff to God? Am I afraid to acknowledge it even exists? Like maybe if I ignore it long enough it will go away all by itself? (Ha! Like that’s going to happen.)

Do I tell myself that God is too busy dealing with victims of terrorists and hurricanes that he doesn’t want to be bothered with my trivial stuff?

Am I so used to carrying it around that it never occurs to me I could ask God to carry it instead?

You and I both have our reasons.

But we don’t need our stuff. We need God. His peace. His direction. His provision.

So let’s give him our stuff.

Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28

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About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

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  1. Kristin Bunting Kristin Bunting says:

    Such good thoughts and encouragement, Lisa. The first time I ever went for counseling with a pastor, I was a college freshmen at a Bible College. He shared the idea of carrying around a heavy suitcase. At the time, he related it to a certain person in my life, and how they had basically handed me their suitcase and I was carrying it around for years…making their problems my own. It was helpful for me to realize I did not need to carry “their baggage,” but I also came to see what you’re saying here…that we carry too much stuff…just our from our own lives too. What peace He gives when we lay it all down at His feet. Thank you for posting!

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