My wife and I are downsizing.

It feels good!

I would like to take credit but actually, it was her idea. She’s right. It’s time. We’re selling our five bedroom home and buying a condo.

And we’re getting rid of stuff that we don’t need, want or have room for in our soon to be more modest dwelling. We move in six weeks. Phew!

Take these dishes for example. This set you’re looking at was from her bridal registry 41 years ago. A beautiful, though dated, set of plates that we almost never used – we were saving them for only the nicest of occasions – will now be sold for pennies on the dollar.

Maybe, if we’re lucky.

Why is it we humans feel the need to accumulate stuff? I am the worst but I know a lot of people who also admit to the senseless accumulation of things only to get rid of them some day.

I love the verse that says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

Interesting that the writer of Hebrews, tells us to throw off “everything that hinders”

Hmmm. Does keeping dishes you never use hinder you from something? Maybe.

Keeping them in the basement in a box for no good reason hinders because we don’t have a lot of room and the space they occupy could be for something else more useful. And if getting rid of them means one less thing to be responsible for and one less thing for our kids to deal with after we’re gone, then keeping them does hinder our kids at least a little bit.

Something to think about.

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