It is an interesting thing to have portions of your life on display in your driveway to be pawed through and scrutinized by strangers.

Yep. I had a yard sale a couple Saturday’s ago.

I worked for weeks going through boxes and bags. Attic. Garage. Storage. Weighing in on whether it was “worth” keeping this or that, or whether someone else may have a use for it.

Some “things” I came across would be worthless to anyone but me, and even I wondered why I was still holding on to them after years, even decades of my life.

I am sentimental to a fault. Everything has some sort of memory attached to it. Every paper. Every trinket. Every THING.


I was speaking to a friend the other day about the craziness of putting your “sentimental” treasures on display for strangers. About how one person would be totally amused with and amazed by some trinket that meant very little to me, and how another would turn their nose up at something that was hard for me to let go, or try to haggle me down on the price.

She said her Pastor just spoke on “STUFF” last Sunday. He used this acronym:






Well, what truth!

This reminded me that I not only hold on to actual “things” that I don’t need, but that I also hold onto “stuff” that doesn’t really matter in life. In all this, I am a work in progress.

After all, when Jesus called His disciples, they dropped EVERYTHING and followed Him with just the shoes on their feet and the clothes on their backs. HE was everything they needed. They left behind their jobs, their family and friends, and everything they had known for life, immediately.

Matthew 4:18-22 NIV
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. 

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 

Can you imagine that kind of commitment? I am finding it quite a challenge to LET GO. Of my past failures. Of both painful and pleasant memories that I dwell too much upon. Of others’ mistakes and failures. Of my SILLY THINGS U FIGHT FOR.

Are you holding on to some STUFF that you need to let go of? It sure opens the way for more freedom when you can learn to JUST LET GO.


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