“Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15b
The realization that stuff isn’t making me happy was bigger than it probably should have been for me lately. I am in constant pursuit of more, but what if I get rid of a bunch of stuff then don’t replace the stuff I have left with anything until it breaks down?
For me, this is revolutionary, and has removed so much pressure from my day to day life. Bill and I really are trying to figure out what it looks like to reject consumerism, but still value supporting small businesses and that sometimes the passion for less stuff can be just as distracting as the passion for more. Our journey in this world is always about finding balance. We can spend our lives shopping and rearranging, but does that really accomplish anything? Once you have furniture in a room, can’t you just let it be? Do we need to redecorate seasonally? Or is that just another way to spend money? These are the kinds of thoughts rolling around in my mind.
My goal is first to serve the Lord and honor his commandments and secondarily to have friends, family and anyone who crosses our path feel comfortable with us and in our home and have it always feel like a place they are welcome and not judged. Creating an environment people are comfortable in is not about having the prettiest things or the most aesthetically pleasing home, I think it is more about being present to what they need in the moment.
I am releasing the aesthetic need for the cutest plates and prettiest serving dishes and remembering that it is more important to show care for their souls and their physical hunger than to post a picture to Instagram of how beautiful our meal is. However, I do think there is something to be said for making every meal feel special and lighting candles and making a table beautiful for no reason, just because :) I am just trying to remove the pressure to do so. Every meal does not have to be colorful. Every meal does not need to be photographed. God knows I am guilty of this. I am sure my husband will read this and praise the Lord for victory over this subject. In true transparency, I might wrestle with not taking pictures of my food all the time. However, like everything else, acknowledging the problem is the first step to addressing it. I feel pathetic admitting that, but I don't want people to think my soapbox has nothing to do with me. It is 100% my own problem.
Wow, sorry I am stringing you through this thought processing session. I have SO much on my heart on this subject, and to be honest it is taking me by surprise.
Come over for dinner and we can chat about it :) Seriously.