“It made me think about what George Carlin said: All you need in life, is a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.”
I was with a woman last night who had lost all her possessions in the floods that ravaged our area. She said it was freeing really. It was stuff she had to go through and decide what she wanted and what she didn’t want anyway. That’s why it was in the basement. I know this feeling of freedom. When I would go on short term mission trips, I would take all the personal items I would need in a back pack and fill my allotted two suitcases with provisions for the people I was going to help. I lived for a month with 3 suits of clothing (2 for work and one for worship), toiletries, underwear, nightwear and some miscellaneous body care items. Honestly, I didn’t need anything else. Like Geroge Carlin said, “[I] could just walk around.” I enjoyed beating my one suit of clothes on the rocks with the women in the late afternoon and then laying those freshly washed clothes out in the sun on the rocks to dry. It was the equivalent of having a latte with friends back home.
I have been trying and trying to remember the name of the “syndrome” that describes the experience you get when you fix something up or purchase something new and then discover that everything around the newness looks really bad. You get the feeling that you have to fix everything or you have to get all new things to go with it. Can anyone help me here? One of the ladies at my church yesterday had painted the door to the fellowship hall green to match the shingles on the church roof. The ladies discussed how good the door looked, but said they really had to paint all the trim now because it was very obvious that it needed it, now that the door was done. See what I mean? The more you have the more you need.
Anyway, when I saw the picture of the huge animal being pulled uphill by a lone person, I couldn’t help but think that maybe the lightening of the loads caused by the flooding may revolutionize some lives. The conversation with my friend last evening confirmed this may be so. Would to God that we would learn our lessons from the flood.
Have a wonderful weekend, Friends,