A Wednesday "Small Thing" for your sanctuary sanity:
Several years ago, my son's youth group was doing a huge garage sale as a camp fund raiser. Church members were to drop off their donated items on one particular night, so the kids could unload and set up for the big sale. Just before I was to take Grayson to the church to work on the set up, I thought I'd take a last look at the informational flyer that had been sent home with the kids.
The camp requirements were clearly stated:
- Each kid is required to work 4 hours over the garage sale weekend.
- Each kid is required to bring 4 large trash bags full of donated items for the sale.
Well, good golly almighty! FOUR BAGS?? I thought he was only required to WORK, not bring stuff to sell. I knew I should have reviewed the instructions earlier!
How was I going to come up with FOUR BAGS of stuff....in time to make it to church?
Game face on, I grabbed 4 bags and headed upstairs to the closets. I checked my watch. Only 15 Minutes before departure! I'll never be able to do this.
Imagine my complete surprise (and slight embarrassment) to EASILY, EASILY fill all the bags before running out the door!
Here's the other surprising thing: the lack of deliberation made it easy to say goodbye.
I didn't hold things gently in my hands and gaze longingly at them. I didn't clutch outgrown clothing to my chest and breathe in the memories.
No, I jammed them in bags, threw them in the trunk, and hit the gas pedal.
It was over so quickly.
Today's Small Thing is to take ONE trash bag and fill it up with either TRASH or STUFF to donate.
Clutter, be gone!
I am living proof that it can be done very quickly...and without tears, I might add. Perhaps the ticking clock helped me fight sentimentality as I stuffed the bags, so you might want to consider limiting your time to about 10 minutes.
Don't, I beg you, DON'T spend too much time on this! Set a timer and get moving.
Just say a quick goodbye, and be done with it.
It's easier than you think.