My wife and I have been yakking about downsizing for a few good years now. About eight years ago, we bought the closest thing to our dream home we could afford and it has been wonderful. However, at over 3000 square feet to maintain and the 2nd floor challenging our creaky bones, we realize it’s time to start considering a smaller abode. Last night, as a first step in paring down, we mapped out a plan to clean out the stuff that all of us seem to accumulate over the years. My wife has already donated several bags of clothes to Goodwill and I’m gearing up to tackle the “pointless room,” our affectionate name for an upstairs space that is cluttered with magic gear, props and costuming.
When I was a young man, I envied those who dwelled in fancy houses with all the goodies inside like stereos, fine furniture, master closet space and TV rooms. Funny how time changes your priorities and perspective. If I had a time machine, I would go back and tell my younger self, “A big house with all those possessions ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be.” I would tell 30-something Mark to downsize his temporal dreams and upsize his vision of God. I would remind myself that Jesus never condemned wealth, but He certainly linked warnings to being rich.
I don’t have a time machine, but I do have this present moment. So do you. Live it for God. Invest in people. Give yourself to something that will outlast a house.
That’s a dream worth having.