At least, this is what I would change the name of my blog to, if it weren't a proverbial pain in the behind. Previously, I wrote A LOT about my weight loss journey, and truth told, I'm on that journey again; however, after two more babies, breaking my right foot (twice), and sundry other additions to my life load, loosing weight has been a much different process--a process I'm content to approach gradually.
This blog will speak not of lightening body mass, but lightening life mass. When I was moving out of my first home in South Carolina, and watching all of my possessions disappear into a truck, my mother put her arm around me and said, "Daughter, live large and travel light." Well, God has blessed in so many ways, and with four kids, we are definitely living large (largely CRAZY), but as for traveling light....
Recently, I have been frustrated by how much time I spent trying to keep up with the maintenance of my home--but on a larger scale--my POSSESSIONS. We have been given abundance, but I dare say, we have gotten fat. I am surrounded by so much that I don't need, and I am convicted by passages like Matthew 6:19-21 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Treasures surround me of a priceless nature, and I don't want to miss them, because I'm scrubbing rust off a collection or swatting moths away from a too-large wardrobe. These earthly treasure steal my attention and my time. In fact, to emphasize that fact, after tonight, I will only allow myself ten minutes to blog. For every item I give away, I will award myself with an extra second toward some eternal pursuit--in my case--that pursuit is often writing to inspire, educate, or encourage.
I hope you'll journey along with me, and maybe do some cleaning out of your own. And to be accountable, as of this week, I have lightened the load by 22 items! Two of the items were an empty journal and my favorite college poetry book. I gave them to my 11 year old neighbor who has an interest in writing. On Saturdays, I'm going to start teaching her my craft.
See you tomorrow, and hopefully, my life mass, will be lighter!