About a month ago we sold our dream house and down-sized into a rental. We lost a lot of money, I guess you’d say.
We lost about 1,000 square feet. Lost that big soak tub. Lost my walk-in closet. Lost our garage. Lost our double-sinks. I guess we lost the tax deduction for mortgage interest too. Now that I think about it, I guess we lost a lot.
Maybe that’s why I feel so much lighter. Why I feel so free.
What happened? some asked. Lose your job? Unforeseen financial challenges?
Nope. Nothing’s changed except our hearts. We read a little story about a Kingdom:
Discovering hidden treasure makes us so excited we do crazy things.
We find crazy joy.
Because that’s what we’ve found in the midst of all this loss. Found this crazy joy of kicking the American dream to the curb and racing back to that field to dig down and unearth that treasure. The Kingdom of God. And while of course we’re not once-and-for-all cured of consumerism it sure feels good to give it a good blow to the gut and send it reeling for awhile while we rejoice at all this treasure we’ve found. This blessing of giving away.
No shoulds or oughts in that statement, just a fact, a promise, a law in place and it whispers to us: This is where to find joy.
Does everyone need to sell their house? Certainly not.
But there is a treasure and there is a joy awaiting us any time we “sell” our earthly pursuits so we can “buy” eternal pursuits. Little choices, every single day. Every day we have a hundred opportunities to say yes to heaven. To heap up treasures there. To believe, really believe, that our citizenship is not here.
That today is not our glory day.
But today is a glorious day filled with a thousand opportunities for good. For blessing. For joy. There are millions of beautiful people waiting to hear the Good News. There are millions of children waiting to be sponsored. There are a million chances wherever we are now to give for the glory of God.
Joy came to the world through a gift of grace. It continues to come to the world through our gifts of grace. That gift can be a smile or a check, a warm bowl of soup or a cold glass of water.
So many blessed opportunities. Pray through them. Pick one. (Or ten!) And go for it. Then brace yourself because joy will come to your world.
Your turn! What has been a joy-filled giving experience (giving or receiving) that’s touched your life? Please share with the rest of us — cheerful generosity is contagious and we want to catch the joy! Thanks for reading …
By Kari Patterson, Sacred Mundane