Jan 03

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Enough is Enough

Lately, I have been very struck by just how many things our family has.


I first started realizing it as we were packing and moving. I stared at all the boxes, and wondered where did it all come from? How did we accumulate so many things?!


Then, I started thinking about it again this past week after Christmas. I dumped out all the toys in the living room, Jorryn’s room, and Zane’s room. I threw away broken pieces, and put sets back together. In the middle of this, I started thinking about moving Zane into Shay’s bedroom, and turning Zane’s bedroom into a playroom. I started mulling over the logistics of this possible move — things like how will two beds fit best, how can I fit both dressers, and we’ll have to add another rod to the closet to hold all the clothes. I even emailed my mom about it.


What a third world problem.


I was then humbled to receive this email from my mom. My heart broke as I read, especially Indira’s story. Look at her eyes. Can you imagine those eyes belonging to your child? That life being your child’s life?


Allow me to also add, I’ve been finishing Francis Chan’s Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God.. by far one of the most thought-provoking, and convicting books I’ve ever encountered. It is a must read. It will shake you to your core.


I don’t know all the in’s and out’s yet.. all I know is we are cutting back. We are blessed so much.. so beyond most of the world. We have everything we need, and yet we focus on more, more, more.


Do I love having pretty things? Yes. Do I like shopping? Yes. But in the end, when I stand before God, I don’t think He’s going to be too worried about the pretty picture I bought for the living room, or the new curtains, or that great new shirt I got on sale. What did I do to make a difference?


There is so much peace as a parent being able to provide for your kids. To provide them a safe home. To provide them clothes. To provide them food. To provide them lessons, activities, and extras to bless them and help them learn and grow. Imagine all the parents in this world that do not have that opportunity. Does it matter if we have the umpteenth new Wii game? Does that make an impact? No. Providing for someone less fortunate, that matters.


When I started to coupon, when I started to cut back, I was almost solely focused on the goal of staying home to raise the boys. Then, we added paying off debt to the list. Saving for a house. Saving for the future. I am proud of the accomplishments we have made. But now it’s time for more. More of God, more of His plan, more of His heart.


34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ — Matthew 25:34-40


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