I thought someone had tried to break into my house while recently when I was gone (funny story, and all’s well in the end), but it had me a little concerned for a couple of days… until somewhere in there, I realized there really wasn’t much someone breaking in would want to take.
It was an epiphany. If someone broke into my house, what were they going to steal? A tv? Good luck trying to lug that 150 lb thing around – I got it for free anyway. My books? An old laptop? A coffee maker? All in all, there was very little material things that would have been worth breaking in to take.
Do you know how freeing that is? (I’m not saying I want people to come steal things, nor am I flippantly saying ‘bring it on.’ I’m aware there’s more to a conversation about theft – that’s not the point of this.) What I am trying to say is just this: I was blown away by the simple realization that I could live freely because I’m not holding too tightly onto things I’ve got. Things can be replaced – and it’s easier to swallow when they’re not ‘extremely nice’ things to begin with. In that simple freedom, I see the power behind what Jesus proclaimed when he said, “Don’t store up for yourself treasures on earth…”
I realize that there will likely be points in my life when naturally things will have accumulated more – and I’m not saying that’s necessarily bad either (I think life circumstances require different things at times) – but what I found in that odd situation was a peace I don’t want to forget. When I’m not caught up in the things I have here, I’m not scared of losing them.
How do you keep that kind of a mentality through life? I’d love to hear from you.