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Downsizing and our “treasures”

Some dear friends of ours recently announced that they were selling their “big house” to move full time to a tiny house in the mountains that they bought last year. From our conversations, that was always the plan, but never so soon. The questions about why were really common, with some congratulations and others wondering if they could possibly do it. In her response, my friend posted this on her Facebook page.

It’s funny how we outgrow what we once thought we couldn’t live without, and the we fall in love with what we didn’t even know we wanted. Life keeps leading us on journeys we would never go on if it were up to us. Don’t be afraid. Have faith. Find the lessons. Trust the journey.

-Unknown

As I was reading the comments, I was struck by one in particular on the original thread. Someone said “But what will you do with all of your treasures!” I don’t think I could have summed up the difference between minimalism and materialism with any better question. The biggest question is what the treasures are. For Christians, the Bible answers this question in Matthew 6:19-21 saying:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

Honestly, our friends have some awesome things, curated over the years. However, they never lost their perspective on what is important. I’ve always loved their focus on spending time with their families and their walk with the Lord. The stuff was just, well, stuff to them to an extent. They will, of course, pass some of those awesome things on to their kids and grandkids. Nor everything will go away. They do have an acute realization of what is important to them now and the place those things have in their future.

As I look around my house, looking at things I no longer care for, the truth of the quote rings true. At one point, those things were such a must-have that we paid hard-earned cash for it. We have scrimped and saved. We have struggled through the hard times of paying off debt that comes from buying things when we couldn’t be bothered to wait for. All for it to turn to dust later. Well, in most cases just dusting, but you get the point.

I am glad for my friends. They know what they want and they are going after it with all of their strength. They are prioritizing time over possessions. I am also inspired to do better. I’ll be writing about some of our pruning that we’ve been doing over the past few months in an upcoming post. I wish you luck on your journey.

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