Ever live in a small place? When we first got married, Kimberly and I lived in ½ of a single wide trailer. That’s right, just half. No, we didn’t share living spaces, we truly rented a duplex single wide, and not a large one. The trailer consisted of identical, mirrored homes. We had 1 bedroom that was large enough for a full size bed, tiny closet, and a couple of upright plastic Rubbermaid drawers. The living room held a small loveseat, chair and TV. The Kitchen was a very small counter, with tiny sink, and shared the open space with the living room. A miniature bathroom was set off to the side of the kitchen (that’s right, the full length of the kitchen and bath, was the width of the trailer – that’s how small it was). On the outside, we had a small deck with a yard closet, and our yard was small enough to be mowed with a weed-eater (which is what I used).
Yet those were some of the best times my wife and I remember. Why is that? I can think of only one answer – we had each other and that was enough. Walmart was down the block, but we didn’t need much. We had our own little family at the time, complete with a couple dogs.
We didn’t have “stuff” clogging our life. We weren’t hurried from one event to the other. We didn’t have a lot of hobbies taking away our precious time. We just spent our time with each other, enjoying life.
Today, most of us have larger homes than that, busier lives, and more stuff than we can stuff in our closets (or basements – guilty!). So, how do we overcome the stuff in our lives and focus back on our life?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21