September 2, 2008
I’m having a furniture crisis. Maybe I should preface this by saying that I’m grateful that I have nice furniture. I’ve paid my dues with card tables, family rejects and a mattress on the floor, and I’m happy to be past those days. My problem is too much furniture for my house.
Simple, right? Sell some or give it away. These are the obvious solutions. And, I’ve done some of that. Here’s the problem. A lot of my furniture was lovingly collected over the years from antique stores or family inheritances. Most of the pieces are ones that I’ve lived with so long that it would be weird to not have them. We have history. Two pieces, a pump organ and partner’s size desk were purchased when we lived in a huge Victorian home that easily accommodated larger pieces. About three years ago, we moved into a fairly new house. The rooms are scaled very differently. So now, I have too much furniture.
I loaned my oversized desk to my oldest for a while. Last night, it came back to me. I need the desk, but I can’t figure out how to make things look right with this rather large piece of furniture in a small room. (Insert Heavy Sigh here).
I think that I either need to sell the desk or get a new house with rooms of a different scale. I’m leaning toward the house solution! I love that desk….
Amazing, isn’t it? How attached we can get to things. Makes you understand why Jesus had the conversation he did with the rich young ruler when he told him to sell all he had and give it to the poor.
Could I do that? Could you? For me, I hope the answer is yes. Even though I love that desk and some of the family pieces that have meaning to me, none of them mean more than my relationship with Jesus. So far, the Lord hasn’t spoken to me to sell all and give it to the poor. I’d like to believe that I’d be able to if the time ever came. I don’t think that is a lifestyle choice we are all called to make, but, if we were, would we be ready?
Lately, I’ve started reading another blog on a daily basis. The author, whom I’ve never met, sold all and went on the mission field to feed the hungry. Kinda puts my furniture crisis in perspective when I read about her story. I’d like to recommend her. She’s new on my blog roll, Kristiapplesauce, http://kristiapplesauce.typepad.com/kristi/. Give her a visit and tell her I sent you please!
Oh, and if you know anyone who needs a large antique William and Mary style desk, someone who is good at furniture arrangement, or someone who wants to buy my house, send them my way.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.