Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you. We had a yard sale this weekend. A huge yard sale. A Jesus yard sale. Toward the end we were just giving stuff away. It was fun getting rid of things. And it was more fun giving things away than haggling over them.
(It's marked $5. The guys says, “Would you take two bucks for this?” I say “How about one?,” smiling. I'm pretty sure I got more out of that deal than he did. As he walks away I imagine Jesus messing with his head.)
The real point is not how much stuff you have, but how much joy you can find in letting go.
Being willing to let go is like being hungry; actually letting go is like eating.
Getting free from our attachments, unburdening ourselves of the things we cling to, finding joy in giving— the whole of life can be a liberating yard sale.
It's not just that when we move now the truck will be lighter, but that by practicing letting go I am a little more ready to love, a little less concerned about doing without, less weighed down by fear.
Ah!— I've been enlightened!
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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